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Titans review sparks Wayne Bennett rumours

Pressure is building on coach John Cartwright.

Pressure is building on coach John Cartwright. Photo: Getty Images

The future of Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright hangs in the balance after the club announced a 'complete review' of operations, starting immediately.

Players without contracts for next season will also be sweating as the Titans board begins a comprehensive internal review after continued battles on the field, which see them languishing 13th on the ladder with eight rounds remaining in the NRL season.

The timing of the review - just as the business end of the season ramps up - means the club clearly believes action needs to be taken as soon as possible as performances drop away and the crowds do the same.

Big name, big money: Knights coach Wayne Bennett.

Big name, big money: Knights coach Wayne Bennett. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

The move has prompted immediate rumours about a move for Wayne Bennett, although where the cash-strapped Titans would get the money to pay out Cartwright's remaining two years and also fund a costly raid on Bennett remains a mystery.

In a statement, the club's board said: "team performance has recently been unsatisfactory despite a tough injury toll in the past three months and this has had an extensive effect on the business as a whole."

"It feels a wholesale internal review is necessary so critical decisions can be made on a factual basis rather than implementing a kneejerk short-term response," the statement said.

Titans chair Rebecca Frizelle said the club needed to act swiftly to halt the downward spiral.

“It is obvious to our members, fans and the board that the situation needs to improve quickly to restore confidence in the future of this club,” Frizelle said.

“Rarely are problems caused by a single factor, therefore rarely will a single response lead to long-term improvement. The board needs to fully understand the reasons for under-performance across the entire business and act accordingly.

“Clearly, crowds and revenue are affected by team performance, so we cannot sit on our hands in the hope things will improve without an appropriate strategy in place.

“I can assure our members, supporters, and partners, the board is entirely focused on improving the situation and we will not shirk our responsibility when confronted with the tough decisions that will need to be made based on fact.”

It was only two rounds ago the Titans beat top-four candidates South Sydney but they were duly belted 36-20 at home by the Raiders the following week.

It has been the kind of inconsistent performance that has seen the pressure pile up on Cartwright, who was the club's foundation coach but now finds himself in a vulnerable position.

4 comments so far

  • Wayne Bennett has made a decision re Newcastle. If he hadn't made it, the media would have hounded him and blamed him. As soon as his decision was made, the media have started speculation on where he might go and put pressure on a number of current coaches. What did you guys want Bennett to do? In my opinion, the villains here are the media. Why cant we leave everyone alone, no doubt some clubs will be interested in Bennett, just as they are in DCE and others. But everything is rumours with mostly no foundation. I for one am sick of it and wish it would all go to sleep until contracts are signed.

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    bob
    Location
    mackay
    Date and time
    July 16, 2014, 6:58PM
    • Kinda think Bennett and Ben Iken are using the media to up the ante around Bennett,I agree most are sick of hearing where Bennett may or not go but that's not the media's fault.If Bennett was more open it would help or if he doesn't want to say anything shutup and stay off radio shows-away from media etc.Ben Iken spent over 10 mins on the 360 show last night hyping the Bennett saga up.Bennett has shown no loyalty to his last two clubs becoming a coaching mercenary hunting for the top dollar while Iken tries to tell us its not about the money-yea right.
      Fact the Titans and RedV(who got a 2 mill NRL bailout) can't afford his million per season price tag but perhaps will make a fiscally unsound decision in the hope Bennett becomes their saviour

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 17, 2014, 6:52AM
    • I agree with you Bob. I don't want Wayne Bennett back. He's shown that he's after money and his record with the other clubs is appalling and he's not worth the money. He had his time in Brisbane and you can say he was a successful coach, but he had the players. It's like saying Gai is a champion trainer but anyone can train a good horse. I would rather see the former coach who is at the Titans come up here but what is wrong with the Broncos current coach?

      Commenter
      West west west
      Location
      west
      Date and time
      July 17, 2014, 12:49PM
  • as a Dragons fan I would love nothing more than this legendary coach too return...but go where youre heart tells you too Benny, turning the Titans into a continual contender would certainly be a worthy hallmark in regards to the career.

    Commenter
    The Hand
    Location
    NSW South Coast
    Date and time
    July 17, 2014, 12:45AM

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