The club supported Furner through the disaster of last season, when Canberra finished second last, and has continued to support him this year, but the grim reality of the situation has hit home as a result of the terrible display by the Raiders in losing 40-0 at home against Wests Tigers on Saturday.
It was Canberra’s fifth loss in six games and they are again down near the bottom of the ladder. The Herald has learnt the clock is now ticking on Furner, who is contracted until the end of next season. If he can get the team to start winning again soon, he will survive. If he can’t, the club is likely to take action.
Canberra have never sacked a coach and the club’s chairman, John McIntyre, has said repeatedly that Furner would see out his contract no matter what the results, but the nature of the loss to the Tigers has rocked the club.