Sacked Suns' coach Guy McKenna
Sacked Suns' coach Guy McKenna

Suns deny flying in Bomber as new man

THE Gold Coast Suns say they have had no contact with Mark Thompson despite the former Geelong coach saying had been made aware of the club's interest in him following the sacking of Guy McKenna.

The Suns dismissed McKenna yesterday following an internal review, saying it was a mutual decision.

The rumour mill began turning with Thompson quoted in a Melbourne paper as saying: "I've been told (Gold Coast) are coming. I haven't acted on it, but that's what's happening."

When asked about the link to Thompson, Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff, said: "I haven't spoken to Bomber Thompson. There has been no one from the Gold Coast Suns speak to Bomber Thompson.

"Contrary to some media reports, Bomber Thompson hasn't been to the Gold Coast and hasn't visited our club."

Witheriff said the Suns had yet to decide on a process to replace McKenna, who was the club's foundation coach and had been in charge of all four seasons in the AFL.

He said the Suns board would decide on a structure to identify a new coach in coming days.

McKenna's dismissal came less than eight months after he was re-signed for the 2015 season.

The Suns looked destined for the first finals appearance in their four-year history before falling away dramatically to lose 10 of their final 13 games.They finished 12th with a 10-12 record.

McKenna said he was given no specific reason for his sacking.

"We didn't go into any great detail on the review," he said.

"It was more around the club going forward and was I the right type of person to take the club forward, and in the board and the chairman's view I'm not that person."

Gold Coast was in the top eight for much of the season but lost 10 of its last 13 games - and six of the last seven without injured skipper Gary Ablett - to miss the finals.



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