Despite being winless so far in 2012, the Gold Coast Suns have extended the contract of coach Guy McKenna for a further two years.
McKenna's side dropped winnable matches against Greater Western Sydney and the Western Bulldogs in the past fortnight, increasing the pressure on the head coach.
But ahead of Saturday's home match against Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium – a ground they have never won at – Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff said the club's board had faith in McKenna.
"Guy has been charged with the unique challenge of bringing together a playing group that predominately consisted of talented teenagers who were yet to play a senior game of AFL football and transforming them into an elite team," Witheriff said.
"That transformation was always going to take longer than Guy's original contract period and the board was unanimous in its belief that Guy deserves the opportunity and time required to complete this challenge."
As they enter a new phase of development, Witheriff is confident that McKenna can bring success to the club by winning games.
"Phase one started four years ago when we set-up the foundations of the club, building an administration, fan base, playing group and Metricon Stadium," he said.
"Phase two, is about success and that will be reflected in Guy’s approach as senior coach.
"The reality for us is we're moving into phase two and phase two means in the next four years we've got to win consistently, and during that time the position of senior coach will change from a developmental approach to a winning approach."
McKenna is looking forward to the challenge of helping the club make the next step and was pleased with the review process the club conducted.
"I was extremely comfortable with the process and I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to continue as senior coach of the Gold Coast Football Club," McKenna said.
"Everyone at the Gold Coast football club has a role to play in the evolution of our club and the game on the Gold Coast, I am proud of what the club has achieved so far and it's my challenge to ensure we now deliver a winning attitude at the club in the coming years."