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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Why nine weeks could see Mal an NRL coach


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The next nine weeks may prove pivotal for Mal Meninga as whispers circulate over who will assume the helm as head coach of the Titans in the wake of Garth Brennan’s sacking, says NRL legend Darren Lockyer.

Brennan’s 40-game reign as Titans' coach came to an end on Sunday with the club announcing it had sacked the 47-year-old less than two years after appointing him.

Gold Coast's head of performance and culture, rugby league Meninga, had been reviewing the club's affairs for the past seven weeks and will pass his findings on to the Titans board on Monday.

Brennan was the first major scalp of that process, and as speculation mounts over who will assume the helm, Lockyer has stopped short of ruling the Kangaroos coach out of the picture.

Garth Brennan and Mal Meninga

“Mal has always said he doesn’t have a desire to be an NRL coach, but maybe in the next nine weeks that may change,” Lockyer told Wide World of Sport.

“I also think it depends on what the Titans, obviously they’ll have to go through a process, but have they already shortlisted a couple of people.

“I know Kevin Walters has pulled out of the race but there’s a few other names being tossed up.

“But depending on who throws their hat in the ring, it might depend on what Mal does. His next nine weeks will be interesting.”

Brennan leaves the Titans having won just 12 matches across one-and-a-half seasons and last on the ladder after a 24-2 defeat to Penrith on Friday night.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan

The sacking comes as Blues coach Brad Fittler floated the idea of relocating the struggling franchise to Brisbane, a move that Jillaroos great Alan Ferguson backed as a likely scenario.

“I think the Titans have got plenty of improvements that they need to make,” she said.

“As a club, they’re not sitting very well and they haven’t been playing great football so they’re a little bit unstable.

“I think the addition of a second Brisbane team looks likely, better off for the club, and better off for the NRL - just in terms of where the play is at and where the strength is.”

Assistants Craig Hodges and Luke Burt will take over as interim coaches until the end of the season as the club searches for a permanent replacement.

-with AAP

The next nine weeks may prove pivotal for Mal Meninga as whispers circulate over who will assume the helm as head coach of the Titans in the wake of Garth Brennan’s sacking, says NRL legend Darren Lockyer.

Brennan’s 40-game reign as Titans' coach came to an end on Sunday with the club announcing it had sacked the 47-year-old less than two years after appointing him.

Gold Coast's head of performance and culture, rugby league Meninga, had been reviewing the club's affairs for the past seven weeks and will pass his findings on to the Titans board on Monday.

Brennan was the first major scalp of that process, and as speculation mounts over who will assume the helm, Lockyer has stopped short of ruling the Kangaroos coach out of the picture.

Garth Brennan and Mal Meninga

“Mal has always said he doesn’t have a desire to be an NRL coach, but maybe in the next nine weeks that may change,” Lockyer told Wide World of Sport.

“I also think it depends on what the Titans, obviously they’ll have to go through a process, but have they already shortlisted a couple of people.

“I know Kevin Walters has pulled out of the race but there’s a few other names being tossed up.

“But depending on who throws their hat in the ring, it might depend on what Mal does. His next nine weeks will be interesting.”

Brennan leaves the Titans having won just 12 matches across one-and-a-half seasons and last on the ladder after a 24-2 defeat to Penrith on Friday night.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan

The sacking comes as Blues coach Brad Fittler floated the idea of relocating the struggling franchise to Brisbane, a move that Jillaroos great Alan Ferguson backed as a likely scenario.

“I think the Titans have got plenty of improvements that they need to make,” she said.

“As a club, they’re not sitting very well and they haven’t been playing great football so they’re a little bit unstable.

“I think the addition of a second Brisbane team looks likely, better off for the club, and better off for the NRL - just in terms of where the play is at and where the strength is.”

Assistants Craig Hodges and Luke Burt will take over as interim coaches until the end of the season as the club searches for a permanent replacement.

-with AAP

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