Update Tuesday 15 August 4am: Speculation is mounting that Titans coach Neil Henry will be the one to go in the wake of crisis talks at the NRL club.
Henry met with the Gold Coast club’s board on Monday following a tense weekend on and off the field.
He reportedly gave the ultimatum of ‘him or me’ over his dispute with million-dollar player Jarryd Hayne.
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The star fullback, who also met with club bosses, has been far from his best on field for the Titans this season, despite playing for what is believed to be a contract worth $1.2m.
Following the meeting, CEO Graham Annesley told reporters the board needed time to consider the situation.
But The Daily Telegraph claims the club will sack Henry as a result of the feud, and is simply waiting until after Thursday’s game against Parramatta.
Journalist Phil Rothfield reports Henry’s contract will be terminated 12 months early, and it would have already happened “except they have a Thursday game that’s why they’ve bought a bit more time”.
“The board meeting found the situation was untenable and one had to go. Neil Henry is on $400,000 a year and Jarryd Hayne is on 1.2 million.”
Rothfield also sighted conflict with other players, including Ash Taylor, as a reason for axing Henry.
Monday 14 August: JARRED Hayne will remain with the Titans for now at least, following a day of crisis talks on the Gold Coast.
Hayne was summonsed to a meeting on Monday in a bid to repair his frayed relationship with coach Neil Henry.
After two hours of talking, the Club’s board delayed making a decision on how to settle the conflict.
Speaking after the meeting, CEO Graham Annesly told reporters the board needed time to consider the situation.
“The Board is not going to be rushed into making a decision,” he said.
“We are talking about people’s lives and livelihoods here.
“This is a really, really complex issue and it’s not an easy one to resolve.”
Annesly said it wasn’t only the relationship between Coast and player that’s under scrutiny.
“It’s broader than just what it might appear on the surface in relation to Jarryd and Neil and the Board want to take the full amount of consideration to make any decision on what might happen going forward,” he said.
Monday’s meeting was adjourned, with the board expected to make a decision within the next week.
The struggling Gold Coast side will face-off against Hayne’s old club Parramatta Eels on Thursday.
It’ll be the first time that Hayne has played against his old club since returning to the NRL last year.
— 7 News Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) August 14, 2017