Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Not a 'Footy Environment': Eade

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Not a 'Footy Environment': Eade

Article excerpt

FORMER Suns coach Rodney Eade believes being out of the media spotlight on the Gold Coast has actually hindered the development of the club, rather than improve it.

Despite the commonly held belief that being away from the intense scrutiny of AFL-centric cities would aid the development of a young Suns group, Eade believes it is having the opposite effect.

Eade, who was sacked earlier in the season after nearly three years at the helm at Metricon Stadium, has revealed it doesn't allow players to develop a hardened edge.

"It's not a footy environment," Eade (pictured) told Fox Sports News' Gameday Live.

"The players are driven and really coachable and they want to work hard, it's just having that harder edge that you get in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

"It's constant from the media, your supporters. You play a bad game and you get smashed on social media or down at the coffee shop. That sort of element is the only ingredient missing. …

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