Garth Brennan has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Gold Coast Titans after less than two years in charge.
The 47-year-old, who spent most of his career coaching in Australia’s National Youth Cup and New South Wales Cup, only secured his first senior coaching role at the Titans back in October 2017.
However, just four wins from 16 games this term has left the Titans rooted to the foot of the table, eight points off the play-offs.
Brennan’s last game in charge was a 24-2 defeat to Penrith Panthers on Friday evening.
The Titans have scored just 266 points this year, the third-worst of any side in the league, while their defence in 2019 has been worsened only by the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The club have confirmed that Assistant Coaches Craig Hodges and Luke Burt would take over as interim coaches of the Titans for the rest of the year.
News of his departure will come as a worry for St Helens fans, with Justin Holbrook strongly tipped to be on the Titans’ radar.
A statement on the Gold Coast website read: “No one at this organisation, or anyone involved in rugby league, wanted Garth’s time as Head Coach of the Titans to end this way.
“However, the results the club has achieved on the field this season have not met expectations, and the team’s performance in recent weeks has fallen to a level that is unacceptable to the Board, our Members, fans, sponsors and partners.
“Unfortunately, that has left the club in a situation where Garth remaining in the position of Head Coach has become untenable.
“While the on-field results have not been what we hoped for, Garth will still leave a tremendous legacy for this club with his contribution to the creation of our development systems and pathways.”