Date: June 12 2012
GOLD COAST chief Travis Auld has called for patience following yet another dismal performance by his club on and off the field over the weekend. Auld declared last night: ''Our greatest enemy now is a knee-jerk reaction based on poor results."
With the Suns' membership numbers well down on last season and Saturday's twilight attendance at Metricon Stadium about 5000 fewer than last year's home game against St Kilda, Auld admitted the club's performances were affecting its support but said this season's drop in form had been anticipated. "We've got to be prepared as a club to take some pain now for the benefit of the future," Auld told The Age. "Short-term opportunities are not going to help us and you can't judge a team 31 or 32 games old, particularly with so many young players."
Former Essendon champion-turned-media commentator Matthew Lloyd on Sunday accused the Gold Coast players of being nothing more than "witches' hats''. Speaking on Channel Nine, Lloyd added: "I think we should expect far more and they should expect more, as Gold Coast players, coaching staff and the administration."
Auld agreed Saturday's lack of effort in the 95-point defeat was dreadful but said it would be wrong to place the blame completely on recently re-signed coach Guy McKenna. "Not one individual can be held responsible for the way the team is playing," said the CEO. "The players' effort was not there and they know they are capable of much better."
Auld said Gold Coast fans seemed to prefer night fixtures to twilight games but agreed the massive drop-off in attendances was only in part due to the poor local economy.
"Hardcore supporters are coming week in week out but there is no doubt our performances and results are hurting our attendances," he said. Auld said last season's freewheeling game style had suited the first-year club and helped create some excitement around the Suns but that for the longer term, the team had to persist with the more complex game style being employed by McKenna. "We are three years into a seven-year build and the AFL has backed us as a six year build model. We've gone down this path and we have to stay the course."
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