Ivan Cleary Tipped To Take Penrith Panthers Coaching Job
Gus Gould explained why Anthony Griffin was sacked on Monday night.
Ivan Cleary is tipped to be take up the vacant coaching job at the Penrith Panthers, after the unprecedented sacking of Anthony Griffin.
Griffin, who has been head coach of the Panthers since 2016, parted ways with the club on Monday evening.
The club board had decided last week the coaching philosophy of the club would change next season, Gus Gould told Ten Eyewitness News.
"Having made that decision, that he wasn't going to be apart of the future, it was probably best we parted ways now, and didn't have the distraction," he said.
"I believe we have done the best thing in the long-term interests in the club," he said.
Despite the team sitting at fifth with an almost-guaranteed spot in the finals, Gould said the placing "masked" issues within the club.
Gould admitted their was "confusion" within the playing group towards Griffin, and some players had lost confidence.
The dismissal of Griffin comes after two comeback wins by the Panthers, and just four weeks out from the finals.
But Ivan Cleary's name is being thrown around as his possible replacement -- with the lure of coaching his son Nathan believed to be a factor after both having made it clear they would like to join forces.
It is believed the Panthers have tabled a four year deal for Cleary to return to the foot of the mountains, despite being sacked by the club back in 2015.
Cameron Ciraldo, who has been working under Griffin as assistant coach since 2017, has taken over the top job in the interim.