SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Anthony Griffin, Coach of the Panthers, speaks during a press conference after the round seven NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers at Southern Cross Group Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Penrith Panthers have sacked coach Anthony Griffin just four weeks out from the NRL finals.

It comes after the club conducted a mid-season review following the team’s form slump, however, they currently sit in fifth position and will push for a top four spot.

Griffin’s dismissal is understood to take effect immediately, despite the coach being contracted for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The club notified Griffin on Monday afternoon of their decision, with assistant Cameron Ciraldo set to lead the club as caretaker coach for the rest of the season.

Despite winning their last two games, the board ultimately made a call that Griffin was not the man to guide the club to its next premiership.


  1. why would anyone take the panthers job, if Gus wants to be coach, be coach, don’t undermine everyone else in the job and then lie and say “he has my support”.
    what a wanker, Get rid of Gus and Panthers will have a better club……

  2. Unbelievable! Barrett survives after a very poor season. Griffin wins two on the trot and Penrith is running =4th then cops the sack. I’ve been following League for 5 decades and never has a premiership team that is certain of a semifinal appearance and a possible chance to go deep into the finals sacked a coach 4 weeks out from the semis. Perhaps Penrith need to get a medical opinion on Gould. Could it be a tumor is growing on his brain and this is making him do ridiculous choices.❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓

    • Same thing happened last season if you all can remember, except it was Moylan who was sacked from the semis. Penrith fans love to brag about their so called junior system. Is not one of thousands of local juniors able to go on to be a coach? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  3. Yep
    They have just signed Jason Taylor on a three Year deal lol
    Realistically Trent Barrett will be there next year.

    • Barrett, unless a SL club is prepared to offer him a deal.

      I doubt the Panthers will offer him a deal, and I doubt Manly will be prepared to pay him out cold.

  4. Ivan Cleary was a pretty good coach at the panthers, had a young decent roster and had so many injuries at the time but he did good, Griffin has had the same thing happen to him also and he did well. It’s a shame that Gould only gives his coaches a little amount of time to fulfill his so called 5 year plan.

    • There was no such thing as a five year plan, that was a media myth. The Panthers have made the finals in three consecutive years.

      • A media myth? Why did Gould always come out and publicly talk about his five year plan not working or that it’s back on track?

        • In fairness I think the whole “5 year plan” thing re Gus just gets blown out of proportion. I think in its context it just means you’re planning about as far out as you can, and isn’t every club planning for a premiership, yet at least 11 (around 70%) will fail in the next 5 years (yes, sadly Parra has had too many unsuccessful, consecutive “5 year plan” failures on that basis).

          I can sort of understand this decision, if they think Griffin has maxed out already as a coach, although I’d argue it’s a very early call, but maybe they’re right.

          As for the suggestion of Barrett taking over, well that is looking like a lose / lose to me. The way I see it if they bring in Barrett it’s because Gus wants a puppet. I’m sure Manly supporters would be cheering from the rooftops, but it won’t work for the Panthers, IMO.

          I’d be punting that Ciraldo has already got the job for next year.

        • The 5 year plan was about the business, and about getting the junior systems back on track. On those items Gus achieved what he was aiming for. Juniors are now starring again for the Panthers and the business side of things is going along nicely.

          Panthers18 is correct, it was a media myth that Gus had a 5 year plan for a premiership at Penrith, that the likes of Rothfield (who hated Gus at the time) ran with do try and continually stick the knife into him at any chance they got.

  5. Why doesn’t Gus just take on the coaching role? He’s now sacked 2 coaches, who were doing better than half the competition. Next coach there is a dean man walking.

  6. Panthers should sack Gus. He is the one that has failed to appoint the right coaches and players to win a comp. Gus has run out of time. Needs to stop blaming everyone else for his failures

    • He coached the Roosters for 5 yrs and got us to within one game of the grand final on two occasions in 1997 and 1998 only for that silly butter fingered Shearer (ex Manly) they would of made the 1998 grand final. He then was appointed coaching director an overseer position to Stuart (and together) won the 2002 premiership. Although Stuart got the accolades Gould played a roll with his imput.🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  7. Why would the Panthers let Garth Brennan go to the Titans if this was on the cards? Shows that this is a recent development at the club. I cant see either Barrett or Carty coming to the club. There is more chance that Ciraldo will stay on depending on how he performs over the next few weeks.

  8. What a shame the Dragons didn’t sack Paul McGregor. He has a wonderful vision for the club. I wonder what that wonderful vision is? Maybe its to put Jason Nightingale into the forwards like he did four weeks ago. Now that’s a great vision that Mc Gregor has for the Dragons.

  9. Maybe Gus Gould can hire Paul McGregor from the Dragons, between the two of them they should be able to come up with a wonderful vision for the Panthers…

  10. gonna be honest, Gus seems like a bit of a dick. I feel sorry for the poor, unexpecting coach who will take the job, with Phil, who says he doesn’t want to be a coach, basically shoving his fat, greasy hands wherever he can put them. Also, he is a terrible commentator

  11. Story that Panthers making massive play to get Cleary back. Dont forget gus said that he told Nathan he would do whatever he could to help him play for his dad, everyone just assumed it was at the Tigers.

    • All of that just to keep Nathan haha that’s karma for letting go of Ivan in the first place

  12. What little respect I had for Gus is now gone. He should be a politician – stand up in public and just bullsh#t to them. Maybe Beatie is giving him some tips.

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