Panthers coach Anthony Griffin is baffled by the speculation that he is on the outer at Penrith, insisting that the club's mid-season review of his position has been overhyped.
Rumours have circulated that Griffin's replacement is being sought, as the club conducts its review in the mist of a two-game losing streak.
But Griffin claims that the review had been planned from earlier the season and took place over the Panthers' bye.
“It’s something we do every year on the bye and get all the staff together like any club would,” he told Fox Sports.
“I haven’t been following the commentary about it that it’s been made a big deal of, but it’s nothing we haven’t done before or wouldn’t do in the future.”
Griffin reportedly assisted in the in-depth review which ranged from the club's medical staff all the way down to their-lower grade team's performance.
The Penrith coach is set to come out of contract at the end of the 2020 season, and has been pleased with how his side is tracking this year despite the outside scrutiny.
“No I don’t (know why the reports keep popping up),” he said.
“It’s probably a question for other people. But our club is having a great year.
“We went into the Origin period sitting on top of the ladder with a lot of injuries and five debutants in the first 10 or 12 weeks.”
Griffin is confident going into Friday night's clash with the Warriors despite being without Origin stars James Maloney, Nathan Cleary and Tyrone Peachey.
“The way we trained on Tuesday night I know there is no issue with the way our team is focused,” Griffin said.
“It’s this time of year and the obvious thing is we’ve just hit a bit of a spot as all teams do ... you’ll go through patches where you just need to regain some momentum as well.”