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.
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.
“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.”
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.