Cartwright quits as Gold Coast coach

Cartwright quits as Gold Coast coach

-SAM MURDEN

John Cartwright has quit as the coach of the Gold Coast Titans alongside club founder Michael Searle, with assistant coach Neil Henry to take up the position of Titans caretaker coach.

At around 4pm today , the club held a press conference to indicate that Mr. Searle will immediately step down from the club’s board and will eventually cease his role
of executive director at the end of the NRL season.

Cartwright’s last match as Titans coach comes on Monday as they come up against the Roosters in Sydney, but will remain at the club in a non-football capacity.

Cartwright says it was a mutual conversation that took place between himself and club benefactor Darryl Kelly earlier in the day. Cartwright says he had always met with the CEO
when the contract  was over and has decided on his own terms if he was to go around again.

It is understood that Cartwright was halfway into a five-year contract and had been under increasing pressure due to poor performances on the field. This speculation was fuelled by a recently commissioned review of the club, with the poor financial situation of the Gold Coast Club remaining to be a difficult task.

“We probably achieved success at the club’s beginning a lot earlier than other people would have thought”, Cartwright said.

“But the last four years we have underachieved. At the end of the day that responsibility comes back to me.”

Titans chairperson Rebecca Frizelle said it was a “sad day in the Titans’ history” and applauded Cartwright and Searle for their part in setting up the club.

“Without the work of Michael Searle and John Cartwright, quite frankly we wouldn’t have the Gold Coast Titans,” she said.

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