Coach Neil Henry looks on during a Gold Coast Titans training session at Cbus Super Stadium.
Coach Neil Henry looks on during a Gold Coast Titans training session at Cbus Super Stadium. DAVE HUNT

'The situation was untenable and one had to go'

GOLD Coast will sack coach Neil Henry over his dispute with star player Jarryd Hayne, says Phil Rothfield.

The Daily Telegraph journalist broke the news on Monday night the Titans board had decided to sack Henry as a result of his feud with Hayne.

The club's board called an urgent meeting on Monday and summoned Hayne and Henry to explain their falling out.

Rothfield reports Henry's contract will be terminated 12 months early, and Thursday night's game against Parramatta could be his last in charge.

He told NRL360 the Titans would have sacked Henry already "except they have a Thursday game that's why they've bought a bit more time".

"The board meeting found the situation was untenable and one had to go. Neil Henry is on $400,000 a year and Jarryd Hayne is on $1.2 million," he said.

Rothfield said money wasn't the only issue.

"I believe there has been some conflict with other players including Ash Taylor."

Asked by Paul Kent if Henry would know he is being sacked, Rothfield responded: "No, he wouldn't know."

It will cost the club about $400,000 to pay out his contract.

The official word from CEO Graham Annesley and chairwoman Rebecca Frizelle was a decision had not been made, and an announcement would be made next week.

"We haven't determined a course of action," Annesley said.

"There are a range of things that need to be resolved before the board makes a final determination.

Gold Coast player Jarryd Hayne at Titans headquarters at Parkwood on the Gold Coast on Monday.
Gold Coast player Jarryd Hayne at Titans headquarters at Parkwood on the Gold Coast on Monday. DAVE HUNT

"I think what happened after the game did take us by surprise. We weren't planning to meet today but the board couldn't ignore it."

Speculation of a feud between the pair surfaced last week when Paul Kent revealed on NRL 360 Henry never wanted Hayne at the club.

The million-dollar multi-code star then dropped a bombshell on Saturday after the Titans' loss to the Dragons, revealing Henry had not spoken to him for days leading up to the game.

Henry reportedly issued an ultimatum to the board over the weekend - "it's him or me".

Fox Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb explained the pair were hauled before the board for separate interviews on Monday.

Frizelle described the talks with Hayne and Henry as "open and frank and honest".

Hayne is racing the clock to be fit to take on his former side on Thursday after spraining his ankle last week.

News Corp Australia


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