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All options to replace Furner are on the table: Hawkins

Raiders Group general manager Simon Hawkins says changes recommended from a review at the end of the 2011 season conspired in the sacking of coach David Furner.

Hawkins also told reporters at Raiders HQ on Wednesday there was no timeframe on appointing a new coach and all options were on the table.

The Raiders instigated an internal review two years ago after winning just six games and finishing second last on the table.

''It's fair to say some things didn't change as much as they wanted to, it's a little bit disappointing,'' Hawkins said.

''The background of the decision stemmed from that review.

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''There had been discussions for some time, things accumulate, and it was decided it was the appropriate time.''

Furner was fired on Tuesday with three rounds remaining in the season and the Raiders still in contention to make the finals.

Hawkins denied player power was at the centre of Furner's demise with a year to run on his contract.

''I don't see it that way at all,'' Hawkins said.

''They (the players) have free communications to the board and they're allowed to exercise those.

''The board take that information on board along with other information.''

Hawkins confirmed that Furner would be paid out the remainder of his contract and that the board was aware of a get-out clause in Blake Ferguson's deal if Furner was fired.

Ferguson has been strongly linked with a return to Sydney to be closer to his cousin and world champion boxer Anthony Mundine, but Hawkins said the troubled NSW winger hadn't asked to leave the Raiders at this stage.

The Raiders trained on the south coast on Wednesday morning and are expected back in Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.

Interim coach Andrew Dunemann will take the reins for Sunday's must-win match with the Manly Sea Eagles at Canberra Stadium.

Dunemann is considered the front-runner to take on the job on a full-time basis, but several Raiders greats, including Ricky Stuart, Laurie Daley and Tim Sheens, along with untried coaches Kevin Walters and Trent Barrett, have been thrown up as possible candidates.

''The board will form a committee, which will take its time and investigate what the options are,'' Hawkins said.

''There's no timeframe around that, there's no particular pre-conceived ideas about what style of coach that might be, be it experienced or not.

''There's nothing in the pipeline at this stage.

''We're open minded about it.''

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