Gold Coast Titans sack coach Garth Brennan | Sport

Gold Coast have sacked coach Garth Brennan, two days after a 24-2 defeat to Penrith left the club rooted to the bottom of the NRL ladder.

Brennan's future was in doubt with the findings of a mid-season review due to be handed down to the club's board on Monday.

But the Titans axed Brennan on Sunday, which only featured 12 wins from 40 matches.

"No one at this organization, or anyone involved in rugby league, wanted Garth's time as head of the Titans to end this way," executive chairman Dennis Watt said in a statement.

"However, the results of the club have achieved on the field this season have not met expectations, and the team's performance in recent weeks has fallen to a level that is unacceptable to the board, our members, fans, sponsors and partners."

Assistants Craig Hodges and Luke Burt will take over as interim coaches until the end of the season, with the search for a new coach immediately.

Queensland State of Origin mentor Kevin Walters and St Helens coach Justin Holbrook are among those considered frontrunners for the role.

The confirmation of Brennan's axing came just hours after New South Wales coach Brad Fittler questioned the future viability of having an NRL team on the Gold Coast. Fittler said it could be time to consider moving the Titans north to Brisbane with the NRL aiming to have a second team in the Queensland capital for the 2023 season.

“Why wouldn't the Gold Coast be the second Brisbane team?” Fittler told the Nine Network. "They had a couple of good years at the start, without a doubt, and they played semi-finals but it´s far from a success."

Since entering the competition in 2007, the Titans have made the top eight just three times. Average crowds have slumped from a peak of 21,618 in 2008 to a low of 11,206 in 2019.

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