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Titans sack Henry after feud with Hayne

Jarryd Hayne playing for the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.

Gold Coast Titans this morning confirmed that head coach Neil Henry had been sacked after a feud with star player Jarryd Hayne.

Titans’ chief executive Graham Annesley made the announcement this afternoon, with former Wakefield coach Brian Smith and current Bradford boss Geoff Toovey among the favourites to take over.

Despite the well publicised bust-up between Henry and Hayne, CEO Annesley denied the decision had been driven by the players.

“If this was a player driven issue, Neil would still be the coach,” he said.”We think that this is an issue that had to be addressed in order for the club to move forward.

“The indications we got today was that they [the players] all understand the importance of the club coming together as an organisation. Splintering [of the club] is not good for anyone.”

However, Annesley did confirm that Henry’s departure came after a very difficult conversation which came after Hayne declared he would leave the club if the coach wanted him gone.

Titans board members met with Henry and Hayne for a three-hour crisis meeting a week ago, with the Titans 14th on the NRL ladder and unable to make the finals.

Hayne signed a $1.2 million contract to play with the Gold Coast in 2018 and the incoming coach will certainly have a challenge controlling the star full-back.

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