THE Gold Coast Titans have sacked head coach Garth Brennan, effective immediately, after slipping to the bottom of the NRL ladder.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the club confirmed it had parted ways with Brennan after just 21 months.
Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt said the team’s performance in recent weeks had “fallen to a level that is unacceptable to the Board, our Members, fans, sponsors and partners”.
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“The results the club has achieved on the field this season have not met expectations,” Watt said.
“Unfortunately, that has left the club in a situation where Garth remaining in the position of Head Coach has become untenable.”
Watt paid tribute to Brennan for his service and commitment to the Titans, where he has served as Head Coach since the end of 2017.
“No one at this organisation, or anyone involved in rugby league, wanted Garth’s time as Head Coach of the Titans to end this way,” he said.
“While the on-field results have not been what we hoped for, Garth will still leave a tremendous legacy for this club with his contribution to the creation of our development systems and pathways.
“These will ensure the Titans’ future will be built around the best young players growing up on the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.
“Along the way, Garth has handed NRL debuts to players like AJ Brimson, Moeaki Fotuaika and Jai Whitbread – players who will be at the core of this club for the years ahead.”
Watt said Brennan and his wife, Rachael, had “made real sacrifices in moving to the Coast”.
“Garth has dedicated himself to connecting with Titans Members, fans, local leagues and the wider community,” he said.
“He is a decent and genuine rugby league man, and everyone at this club wishes him and his family nothing but the best for the future.”
Assistant Coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt will take over as interim coaches for the remainder of the season while the search begins for another Head Coach.
With Brennan at the helm, the Titans won just 12 of 40 games with Friday’s 24-2 defeat to Penrith seeing them slip to the bottom of the ladder with just four victories this season.
The club has only managed to make the finals three times since joining the League in 2007, while average crowd numbers have slumped from a peak of 21,618 in 2008 to a low of 11,206 in 2019.
Brennan’s sacking comes just a day before the findings from a mid-season review are handed to the NRL club’s board.