Titans coach Justin Holbrook has been sent a “warning shot” after one of his closest allies and high performance manager Klint Hoare was sacked.
The Titans are currently sitting dead last, which has come a surprise to many NRL pundits who predicted the Gold Coast side to be sitting around 8th place.
Holbrook has had his fair share of challenges, with young gun Jayden Campbell and million-dollar man David Fifita spending extended periods sidelined.
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Meanwhile, the move to allow Jamal Fogarty to depart has backfired, with the halves pairing of AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton had failed to fire.
“Klint Hoare, who was the high performance coach, very close friends with Justin Holbrook, has been let go from the club,” NRL360 co-host Paul Kent said.
“He is the second club employee to be released from the coaching staff in the past week and the concern is from Justin Holbrook’s point of view is, he is sitting there now going hang on, are they slowly disarming me, much like what happened to Michael Maguire when they started changing everybody around him.
“Then finally the head fell at the end.”
“It is unusual with ten rounds to go, a high performance move, it is normally an off-season thing,” The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield said.
Last season the Titans were one pass away from making it to the second week of finals, but now have only managed three wins from 15 games.
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Despite a string of poor results, Holbrook reportedly still has the backing of co-owner Rebecce Frizelle.
“It seems like a warning shot to me, if you are looking from the outside in,” NRL360 host Braith Anasta said.
“He was told it was performance based, which is a concern, that is the concern, he is also running last at the moment,” Kent said.
“I spoke to Rebecca Frizelle, she assured me, not full support of the board, but she assured me that he was safe.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield also believed Holbrook’s performance in years gone by should be enough to spare him the axe.
The former St Helens coach has been hailed as one of the best up and coming rugby league coaches on the circuit in the past, but now he is facing his toughest task yet.
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“The fact is he had a good couple of years there and he has struggled this year, I think in what he has done in previous years he has bought himself another season,” Rothfield said.
“I think you are right Buzz, but I think there is warning shots now being fired that they are taking a closer look at what is happening there,” Kent said.
“I am shocked by the way the Titans are going, I still believe he is a really good coach and has a lot of potential,” Anasta said.
“Anyone that has anything to do with Justin Holbrook thought he was the next big thing.”
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