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John Cartwright quits as Gold Coast Titans coach

Quit ... Titans coach John Cartwright.

Quit ... Titans coach John Cartwright.

John Cartwright has quit as the coach of the Gold Coast Titans alongside club founder Michael Searle.

The club held a press conference at 4pm on Tuesday.

Searle will step down from the club's board immediately and will cease his role as executive director at season's end.  Cartwright's last match in control of the Titans will come on Monday when they face the Roosters in Sydney.  He will remain at the club in a non-football capacity.

"It's a very tough position," he said. "I wasn't pushed."

"It was a mutual conversation I had with (club benefactor) Darryl (Kelly) this morning, as a player I was never much into doing things officially."

"I always met with the CEO when my contract was over and sort of decided between us if I go around again.

"The last four years we've underachieved and that comes back to me."

The 48-year-old was appointed coach at the Queensland club in 2007 after a successful playing career with Penrith, where he was part of the premiership-winning 1991 side.  He was an assistant coach at the Roosters between 2002 and 2005 following a stint in the same role at the Panthers.

Cartwright is halfway into a five-year contract but has been under increasing pressure following continued poor performances. The former representative forward is the inaugural and only coach of the Titans since the latest Gold Coast franchise entered the NRL but is poised to be replaced, most likely by assistant Neil Henry.

There was increased speculation after management recently commissioned a total review of the club. That it coincided with the availability of Wayne Bennett, who subsequently signed with Brisbane, suggested a change of coach was likely. The Gold Coast's perilous financial situation has been well documented, which could make settling on a payout figure - and affording a replacement - a difficult task.

The Titans currently sit 13th on the NRL ladder and have not made the finals since 2010 despite a roster boasting the likes of Greg Bird, Nate Myles and the promising halves combination of Aidan Sezer and Albert Kelly.  The Titans lost 28-8 to the Cowboys on Saturday in what would now appear to be the final straw for Cartwright.

More to come.

27 comments so far

  • Will the Hook head down the highway?

    Commenter
    Selector
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    August 05, 2014, 3:39PM
    • Let's hope not!

      Commenter
      Johnsy
      Location
      Gold Coast
      Date and time
      August 05, 2014, 4:47PM
  • Sad to see you go, Carty!

    Commenter
    Rocket
    Date and time
    August 05, 2014, 4:12PM
    • Who?

      Commenter
      Darryl Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 05, 2014, 4:20PM
      • A guy that represented his country. Something you cannot do in that little game you play down there

        Commenter
        Bails
        Date and time
        August 05, 2014, 5:24PM
      • At least Cartwright didn't waste his life playing a sport no one on planet earth cares about.... I think you call it AFL?

        Commenter
        bear54
        Location
        The Outback
        Date and time
        August 06, 2014, 6:51AM
    • If it's good enough for the players to break contracts it's good enough for the coaches. Contracts in the NRL are a joke and with millions of young people seeing they mean nothing, the NRL has a lot to answer for when it comes to displaying integrity and what ones word means.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 05, 2014, 4:21PM
      • How is this the fault of the NRL? Looks to me like Cartwright has done the sensible, honourable thing. If the NRL have helped get rid of Searle, though, it is a great day for the club.

        Commenter
        Bluebag
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        August 05, 2014, 4:34PM
      • @RTP

        Your world is gone. There's no 'integrity' or 'loyalty' in sport anymore, instead, its 'business' pure and simple. Let's not bore the kids with an outdated rhetoric that has no real application anymore. Cartright made a call, and he's left on his own terms. There's nothing dishonourable in that.

        Commenter
        Gonzo
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        August 06, 2014, 7:36AM
    • How can the NRL set such a poor example to all youngsters over contracts and ethical behaviour by allowing Ferguson to play with the Roosters next year?

      Commenter
      Terry
      Date and time
      August 05, 2014, 4:49PM

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