2022-06-11 02:42:00

Daily Telegraph rugby league journalist David Riccio claims “there is absolutely no doubt” embattled Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook could face the axe if his side lose by a sizeable margin against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Despite the Titans being just one pass away from a semi-finals appearance last season, the Gold Coast look a shell of their former selves and sit second-last on the ladder with just three wins and an alarming 10 losses so far.

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However, Holbrook has held onto his job while watching Trent Barrett, Michael Maguire and Nathan Brown leave the Bulldogs, the Tigers and the Warriors respectively.

But the former St Helens coach might be joining the trio on the coaching scrap heap according to Riccio.

“Justin Holbrook is under increasing pressure – there is absolutely no doubt,” Riccio told SEN.

“The Titans are second last and there is increasing frustration from their fan base.


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“When you invest so much money in key players and they don’t perform, questions are asked.

“Why isn’t the coach getting the most out of this particular player?

“There have been some really poor performances this season so far.

“Unfortunately, Justin is going to be the next coach in the spotlight.

“It’s a tough game and it’s a result-driven business.”

With a shrinking pool of potential successors to Holbrook, Riccio believes the Titans may be forced into pulling the trigger on the 46-year-old sooner than they perhaps would have liked.

The fact that three teams are already on the lookout for its next coach only serves to ramp up the pressure even more on the Titans’ decision-makers.

“The key here is that a lot of clubs, due to the dearth of depth in coaches in waiting, are in that mindset that if your club is struggling, when do you jump,” Riccio said.

“When do we make the move because you don’t want to be left on the shelf.

“You don’t want to be fourth or fifth cab on the rank waiting for the next coach and not be in the fight to get the best possible coach in waiting.

“It’s a really delicate scenario for these clubs.”

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