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Ben Collins  August 12, 2017 2:29 PM

AFL 2017 Round 17 - Gold Coast v Collingwood

Rodney Eade says he shouldn't have taken on the Suns' coaching job

I don't think they did know the extent of the cultural thing, and probably a lot of people didn't

SACKED coach Rodney Eade has revealed he wouldn't have taken on the Gold Coast job had he known the true extent of the fledgling club's problems.

Eade, who was told by the Suns on Monday that his services were no longer required after three years at the helm, felt he wasn't given enough time to fix a never-ending stream of issues after replacing inaugural coach Guy McKenna.

He said some of the Suns' shortcomings had been well documented but added that many other failings hadn't reached the public domain. 

The veteran coach believed the Gold Coast board should have been more aware of the issues that had beset the club, labelling the Suns' high performance and medical departments "really average". 

Asked whether he would have accepted the Suns' coaching job if he'd been abreast of all the circumstances, Eade answered emphatically.

"No. No. No. Not at all. No," Eade told ABC radio on Saturday afternoon.

"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. 

"And the injury rate was horrible. It was a lot better this year but the last five or six weeks it's really gone south again. 

"All those factors involved, no I wouldn't have done it … 

"You set some standards and make some decisions in one area and then another area would pop up. That was a constant for 12-18 months." 

The Suns' board should have had a greater understanding of the club's frailties, he said. 

"I don't think they did know (the full extent of issues)," Eade said. 

"Some of parts of the footy department, like the high performance and medical and that, was really average as well.

"So there was parts of those they should have known, there's no doubt.

"I don't think they did know the extent of the cultural thing, and probably a lot of people didn't. Should they have known? I think all good clubs would know."

Eade said he'd received positive feedback from most players about how much the club had "turned around" culturally in his time. 

"They're in a good place from that aspect. Players are becoming (more) professional," he said. 

Eade said the type of coach the Suns appointed to replace him would depend on where they saw their playing list and its capabilities. 

"It's a pretty young squad and if Gary (Ablett) is not there next year and (Michael) Rischitelli might only have one year (left) and some experienced players probably leave, so if they're going to get younger, they might need a development coach," he said.