Different coach, same result for the besieged Gold Coast AFL club.
Brisbane took a step toward avoiding the wooden spoon with a thumping 58-point win on Saturday at home, as an injury-hit Suns began life after sacked coach Rodney Eade just like it ended – with another loss.
There was no doubt Suns interim coach Dean Solomon faced a huge job to unite the team after Eade revealed on Saturday he would never have taken the Gold Coast job if he knew the full extent of their problems.
Eade’s three-year tenure came to an abrupt halt when axed on Monday night with three regular-season games left.
But even Solomon might be surprised by the enormity of the task he faces. The Suns faded badly in their 22.10 (142) to 12.12 (84) Gabba loss.
“I am going to do everything I can to turn this around,” Solomon said.
“The only way we will get out of this is hard work, galvanising and believing in what we have in place and turn it around.
“We can’t sulk, we can’t mope. We have to get back to work on Monday morning.”
But it seems it will take some time to reverse their fortunes based on Eade’s revealing claims on Saturday.
Asked if he would have accepted the Suns’ job if he had known the club’s issues, Eade told ABC radio: “Not at all, no.
“There’s a lot of things that surprised me and then keep happening.
“You turn over another rock and, whether it’s June or July, and you think you’re on top of it and something else happens.
“There’s a few things that got out publicly but there’s a lot of things that were kept in-house as well that people don’t know about.”
But Solomon tried to put on a brave face when asked how hard it was to get up after Eade’s sacking.
“It wasn’t hard (to get up). It’s AFL footy. Unfortunately, it’s a ruthless business,” he said.
“We’ve got to stop talking about who is out and talk about who is in as a football club.”
Despite being without Pearce Hanley (hamstring), Gary Ablett (hamstring) and Tom Lynch (knee), Gold Coast began full of energy and led by 22 points in the second term after Jack Martin (four goals) cut loose.
Lions skipper Dayne Beams (four goals, 32 touches) stood tall during the early Suns onslaught, before sparking Brisbane’s brutal response in front of 17,772 Gabba fans.
Brisbane kicked 17 goals to four from the second quarter to boost their hopes of dodging the wooden spoon.
The Lions (5-15 tally) are on 20 points along with Carlton and North Melbourne, but have played an extra game.