After being told that his coaching contract was not going to be renewed, Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade has revealed that he has decided to leave the club with immediate effect to pursue a job as a barista in a Manhattan café.
His announcement comes on the same day that Essendon veteran Jobe Watson has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season, and will be returning to New York to resume work in a café he worked at during his suspension.
While it hasn't been confirmed whether or not Eade plans on working at the same café, Watson does not want to make any commitments to the ageing coach, who holds the record for the longest VFL/AFL coaching career without a premiership.
"We got rated the fourth-best brunch spot in Manhattan ... it's Hole in the Wall, for anyone who doesn't know," said Watson.
"I have great respect for Rocket (Eade), but I'm not sure he's the right guy for the job. We want to get to number one. That's why I was hoping to get Clarko (Alistair Clarkson) as Assistant Manager when he retires, or get Horse (John Longmire) to run the front-of-house. I'm worried that Rocket will do alright for the first couple of years, but then we'll start slipping.
"The world of organic, rustic brunch cafés has passed him by. Our 'Green Bowl' features kale, quinoa and a dukkah poached egg, and I asked him to read that out loud.
"He got the word 'egg'."
Eade, while not wishing to speak extensively to the media, was adamant that he still has what it takes to make it in the world of hipster hospitality.
"To say I don't know my kale from my dukkah is laughable," said Eade.
"John Kale was Port Adelaide's first AFL coach, and 'Dukkah' is what they call Wayne Carey. They're completely different people!"
Dean Solomon will replace Eade as Gold Coast's coach for the remainder of the season.