The Penrith Panthers are set to undergo a mid-season review of the club’s football operations, including an evaluation of coach Anthony Griffin.
Panthers general manager Phil Gould is assessing where the club is at and how they can build from their their impressive 2018 season, according to a report on nrl.com.
Gould and Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo are set to be in the thick of the review, while there is some belief that Griffin might not be in the club’s long-term coaching plans.
Last year, Griffin had his contract extended until the end of 2020, but Ciraldo has been dubbed his successor, and based on the rest of the season’s results, could take over the top job as soon as 2019.
Penrith have had an impressive campaign, sitting in fourth position, but have dropped off in the past month. Consecutive losses to Sydney and Manly has driven the club to conduct an internal analyse and potentially make some hard decisions.
Gould has a history of making the tough calls, sacking former Panthers coach Ivan Cleary at the end of 2015. the Panthers are hoping to retain halfback Nathan Cleary beyond 2019, but a move to the Wests Tigers is a stark possibility to play under his father, Ivan.