Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Panthers Axe Griffin Just Weeks from Finals Panthers Sack COACH Griffin

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Panthers Axe Griffin Just Weeks from Finals Panthers Sack COACH Griffin

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Byline: Phil Rothfield, The Daily Telegraph

RUGBY LEAGUE: Penrith Panthers have dumped coach Anthony Griffin on the eve of the NRL finals, confirming speculation that was first revealed in The Daily Telegraph six weeks ago.

The Panthers coach, originally from Rockhampton, was informed by the club's general manager Phil Gould on Monday that his services would not be required beyond this season.

Gould revealed to The Daily Telegraph that Griffin had lost the support of the players and others on the coaching staff.

He said a recent review conducted by the club revealed the unrest.

Gould confirmed Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo would be head coach for the remainder of the season, but he would be keeping a close eye on the situation. Recently retired hooker Peter Wallace will assist Ciraldo as the Panthers head into the finals.

The club is no rush to appoint a successor for 2019.

Gould revealed CEO Brian Fletcher contacted Griffin's manager Wayne Beavis over the weekend to break the news to him.

They made a decision to wait until after the Raiders game to tell Griffin on Monday morning while the the players were not informed of the decision until later in the day.

Panthers Group CEO Brian Fletcher released a short statement on Monday afternoon.

"There has been much speculation and rumours about the club and head coach Anthony Griffin over the last few weeks," the statement read.

"After discussions with Anthony Griffin it is time to end that speculation. By mutual agreement, the club and Anthony have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

"Anthony departs the club after much success, having taken the Panthers to the finals in the last two years and leaves the club on track for another finals appearance in 2018.

"We would like to thank Anthony for his service to Panthers and wish him well for the future. …

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