Gold Coast Titans sack Brennan

By Sacha Pisani 14 July 2019 638
Gold Coast Titans sack Brennan

Gold Coast Titans have sacked head coach Garth Brennan amid the NRL club's struggles this season.

The Titans announced Brennan's departure on Sunday, with Gold Coast bottom of the table after winning just four of their 16 games in 2019.

Gold Coast dropped to the foot of the standings following Friday's 24-2 rout at the hands of Penrith Panthers, which proved the final straw for the Titans' hierarch.

Assistant coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt will lead the Titans on an interim basis until the end of the season.

"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," Titans Executive Chairman Dennis Watt said.

"However, the results the club have achieved on the field this season have not met expectations, and the team's performance in recent weeks has fallen to a level that is unacceptable to the board, our members, fans, sponsors and partners.

"Unfortunately, that has left the club in a situation where Garth remaining in the position of head coach has become untenable."

Brennan was appointed coach of the Titans in October 2017 – his first senior coaching role.

The 47-year-old oversaw a 14th-place finish in the 16-team league last season and performances did not improve this term.

"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," Watt said. "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.

"Garth, his wife Rachael and their family have made real sacrifices in moving to the Coast, and Garth has dedicated himself to connecting with Titans members, fans, local leagues and the wider community. Garth has been tireless in promoting the club and the game. 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."

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