TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Panthers coach Anthony Griffin speaks at the post match media conference at the end of the round 16 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Penrith Panthers at 1300SMILES Stadium on June 24, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Panthers general manager Phil Gould has put speculation to bed that the club is seeking a replacement for coach Anthony Griffin.

Griffin is contracted at Penrith until the end of 2020, but it has not stopped speculation mounting that he will be replaced at the conclusion of the season by Manly coach Trent Barrett and assistant John Cartwright.

‘’I don’t know why Penrith attract such comment, I really don’t,’’ Gould told WWOS’Six Tackles With Gus podcast.

‘’It’s (the rumours) been relentless but we just try to ignore it as much as we can and get on with what we’re doing.’’

Whispers that the team was on the hunt for a new coach begun during the Panthers' mid-season review where the coaches' performance was reportedly under duress.

But Gould boldly added that the club is content with its current coaching structure through a Twitter post.

"If one more journalist suggests Trent Barrett &/or John Cartwright are coming to Panthers next season, I will scream," Gould's tweet read.

"Read my lips: ITS NOT HAPPENING. It’s never been suggested. It’s never been considered. Apologies to fans of both clubs. I don’t know who starts this stuff."

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