Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Suns Coach Must Overhaul List: Dunstall

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Suns Coach Must Overhaul List: Dunstall

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Byline: Terry Mallinder News Regional

AFL: Queensland footy legend Jason Dunstall says "refurbishing" the Gold Coast playing list will be top priority for the new Suns head coach - whoever that may be.

With Brad Scott out of the running after re-signing with North Melbourne, John Barker is firm favourite to win the role.

A five-man panel has been selected to interview prospective coaches and then make a recommendation to the board.

Barker, who was an assistant coach at Hawthorn before joining Carlton under Mick Malthouse and now Brendon Bolton, has Dunstall's backing.

But the man who famously brought Alastair Clarkson to the Hawks in 2004 says two former senior coaches deserve consideration, Brett Ratten and Michael Voss.

That pair was previously in charge of Carlton and Brisbane respectively. They are now assisting at Hawthorn and Port Adelaide.

When questioned about the Suns job in July, Voss said his focus was on the Power. Ratten said in May he would be interested if an opportunity came.

"You would like to think that second time around you'd be a much better coach," Dunstall said. "They've both gone to different environments and gathered more footy IP.

"I think you'd be silly not to look at them."

Four-time premiership Hawk Dunstall said Barker had all the attributes to succeed as a senior coach.

"I think Barks showed when he was in charge of Carlton (for 14 games in 2015) when Mick Malthouse left he was more than capable," he said.

"He's very calm ... he's got some fire inside him, there's no doubt about that. He had that as a player but, outwardly, he remains very, very calm.

"He's very likeable ... he's got good people skills.

"(But) until you get that opportunity to do it and fully run the club's football department yourself and not in a caretaker role, you don't really get tested.

"You can make educated decisions about coaches but there's always a slice of luck involved. …

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