Friday, 10 August 2012
Former Port Adelaide forward Stuart Dew feels for his former AFL side, but the 2004 premiership player isn't entertaining too many thoughts about Alberton these days.
The Power have endured one of the lowest weeks in the club's history, losing to Greater Western Sydney and parting from coach Matthew Primus and president Brett Duncanson.
Dew, an assistant coach with Sydney specialising in stoppages, isn't looking to throw his hat in the ring to replace dethroned Primus.
While his focus is on the table-topping Swans, Monday's machinations were still of interest for the Power life member.
"Nobody likes to see any team go through what they're going through, let alone one you used to play with," Dew said.
"But I'm sure that they'll do their best to try and get it right, because it's crucial. The club has a proud history.
"Unfortunately for Matty it wasn't his time and he probably suffered from being under-resourced at times and not getting the support that he needed given last year.
"The club's admitted that. It's up to the club to get it right now - from a distance it appears that it's going to be a lot of hard work."
Dew didn't watch the Power's darkest hour, a 34-point loss to GWS in Sydney, but was confident there was more to Primus's departure than the one woeful result.
"You read reports, but you'd hope a decision wasn't made over two hours - and I'm sure that it wasn't.
"They've been doing a review, so whether that brought that to a head I'm not sure - being on the outside I wouldn't have a clue."
The Swans' spread and stoppage work has been the envy of the league this season, and Dew said there was no secret formula behind their improvement in 2012.
"They're really an unselfish group and are really keen on getting the result as a team.
"Never once have I had players come in to check how many stats they got, it's all about the group and that's testament to the mand the leaders in the area."
The Power tackle Hawthorn in Launceston on Sunday and have regained Troy Chaplin and David Rodan amongst four changes.