The Gold Coast Titans have sacked head coach Neil Henry.
CEO Graham Annesley made the announcement at a news conference at 3:45pm this afternoon.
“I had a conversation with Neil Henry, where I advised him that the board had taken a range of matters into consideration and decided on Saturday that he would not be coach beyond today,” Annesley said.
“It was a very difficult meeting to have, I obviously have great empathy for Neil and great respect for him as a person and it was probably the toughest thing I’ve had to do since I’ve been at this club.”
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“The timing was not of the board’s desire. Unfortunately the timing was taken out of the board’s hands with the events that took place.
“By large the board were driven by one agenda and one agenda only, and that is to make a decision in the best interests of the club, in 2018 and beyond.
“We wish Neil nothing but the best for the future, and made it very velar to Neil that he’ll be welcome around this club.
“Everyone is hurting a little bit today.”
Annesley admitted that he expects there will be a lot of criticism of the decision.
Henry joined the Titans as assistant coach to John Cartwright in 2014 before taking over the top job.
The Titans are currently ranked 14th on the ladder after 24 rounds.