Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan isn’t considering a return down south, after Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin gets the boot.
Griffin was kicked out of the club with over a year left on his contract, in a move which is likely to cost the club around $1.5 million.
Panthers CEO Phil Gould said the club needed to change the coaching style, despite previously explaining Griffin would see out his contract.
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July 2, 2018
James Bracey: “Anthony Griffin re-signed last year until the end of 2020, is that the way it’s going to stay?”
Phil Gould: “Yeah.”
— John Dean (@JohnDean_) August 6, 2018
“People will come up with reasons why we shouldn’t have made this decision but our reasons were strong,” he said.
“I wanted to let him know straight away, his position was untenable with things going the way they were at the club.”
Brennan, who’s a former Panthers assistant, was quick to pour cold water on any rumours he’d be returning to Sydney.
“I said I’m not going to get caught up in the Penrith stuff, they’ve got their things they’re going through,” he said.
“I’m contracted here at the Gold Coast Titans, I’m loving what we’re doing here I think we’re heading in the direction… I’m really excited about how we’re progressing.”
“We haven’t tabled Ivan an offer. We have spoken to him and told him the coaching position is available. But that is not to say we won’t table something.” @PenrithPanthers CEO Brian Fletcher on the club tabling Ivan Cleary a four-year deal, starting next season. @telegraph_sport
— Matt Logue (@mattlogue7) August 7, 2018
The decision to get rid of Griffin shocked, with his Panthers in fourth place and the side expected to push deep into finals.
However, there have been reports the sacking is part of a ploy to lure Ivan Cleary back to Penrith.
The Tigers coach has made no secret about his desire to coach his son Nathan and the Panthers are desperate to cling onto the young playmaker.
Channel Nine Rugby League reporter, Danny Weidler told Triple M the club is already on the move.
“The Panthers have talked to (Ivan) already and they were hoping he’d have an answer for the within 48 hours … it does make sense if their most valuable playing asset for the next 10 years is Nathan Cleary,” he said.
“It’s an obvious way of keeping Nathan if they sign Ivan,”
“A lot of things need to happen, he didn’t part in great ways at the Panthers when he was previously couch there, there would need to be some relationships that would need to be mended.”