AFL Rd 4 - St Kilda v Hawthorn
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Hawks head coach Alastair Clarkson and his players look dejected after losing the round four AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The news of Hawthorn's coaching succession plan has sparked the question amongst AFL experts as to where Alastair Clarkson could end up next.

The news was confirmed on Tuesday that Clarkson would see out his contract, but throughout season 2022 will progressively hand the reigns over to Hawks legend and current Box Hill Hawks coach Sam Mitchell.

The question still looms as to where Clarkson will reside following the conclusion of the 2022 season, or even earlier.

Hawthorn Hawks Training Session
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks in action during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL training session at Waverley Park on December 16, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Clarkson has one of the most impressive resumes in the game, having coached the Hawks to four premierships in his time as a coach, including their famous three-peat in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

SEN host Andy Maher has declared that it would make "perfect sense" for Clarkson to head up north and create a "legacy" at the Gold Coast Suns.

“No one’s barracking against Stewie Dew, in fact, we’re barracking hard for Stewie Dew on this show,” Maher said on SEN.

“His contract is up at the end of 2022, if you’re the AFL, how can you walk past this opportunity?

“There’s a universe in which Alastair Clarkson going to Gold Coast makes about the most perfect sense you could possibly need to make.

“He’s already created the legend, this could be his legacy.”

AFL Rd 5 - Geelong v Gold Coast
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Suns head coach Stuart Dew speaks with his players during the round 5 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Gold Coast Suns at GMHBA Stadium on July 04, 2020 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

The Suns are struggling through their 2021 campaign having won just five out of their 15 matches so far and sit in 14th position on the ladder.

The Suns are also yet to make a finals appearance in their 11-year history, with Dew their third senior coach following Guy McKenna and Rodney Eade.

Dew's current record ranks as the lowest for winning percentage between the three coaches, registering a rate of 23.03 at 17 wins from 76 matches.