It’s all on the line for the Gold Coast Titans now, following the sacking of Garth Brennan.
The team is on the hunt for their next coach, with no strikes left on the board.
John Cartwright, Neil Henry and third strike Garth Brennan mean the club’s next move is critical.
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The club’s Executive Chairman Dennis Watt says they’re determined to find the best possible candidate for the role – in what’s considered the most important decision for the club.
“We’re all very much on notice at the club here, to work harder, to ensure that this club does develop into a powerhouse in the future.
“We have extraordinary and selfless owners, who’ve stepped up to the plate, to ensure that this franchise remains here on the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales representing this area, which is so rich in rugby league history,” Mr Watt said.
Watt says the club has already had a number of approaches, either directly or indirectly through agents, for the position.
However, he has stressed that the club will be ‘taking their time’ with the decision.
Assistant Coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt ill take the reigns for the rest of the season, with the club’s culture and performance boss Mal Meninga providing strong support through the interim period.
“This decision is so critical to the future of the club and the game here.
“We will go through a process and we’ll take our time if necessary to make sure we’ve got the right person to take the club forward,” Mr Watt said.
There are rumours that Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters could make the switch, though he has said he doesn’t want it.
The club could be pursuing him though.
“If Kevvie was in the running he’d be a very strong candidate.
“He showed at the Origin decider that he was able to extract more than anyone thought from that Queensland side.
“For them to still be in the running at the end of the day was, what I thought, an outstanding coaching effort.
“If he was available and prepared to put his hand up, he would be strongly in consideration,” Mr Watt said.
Rumours also suggest Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga could be up for it, though Mr Watt put those to bed today.