Sack talk not fazing defiant Titans coach
For a man approaching what could be his final NRL match as Gold Coast coach, Garth Brennan is hardly distressed.
Brennan's hold on the Titans' coaching position is looking increasingly tenuous due to a disappointing 2019 campaign, with Gold Coast sitting a lowly 15th with just four wins.
The Titans board is due to meet on Monday with rugby league legend Mal Meninga expected to table his findings from a mid-season review, with Brennan's fate likely to be sealed at the meeting.
The 47-year-old is in his second season as Titans coach and has won just 12 of 39 games.
While Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters distanced himself from taking over at the Titans following Wednesday night's series decider in Sydney, he's still thought to be a frontrunner should the role become vacant.
Brennan says he's aware of the speculation but is adamant it's a decision that is out of his control and therefore not worth stressing over.
"I know there's plenty of noise going on out there but I live in a little bubble when I get away from work," Brennan said.
"I know there's things being said and there's words out there, I'm not silly, people tell me that.
"I can't hide under a rock but honestly, it doesn't faze me."
Brennan doesn't deny the club's return of four wins in 2019 is simply unacceptable for a team which harboured genuine finals aspirations heading into the campaign.
The biggest hindrance for Brennan is several of the recruits he's brought to the club on big money haven't worked out.
Hulking prop Shannon Boyd has struggled for form and fitness while ex-NSW utility Tyrone Peachey reportedly already wants out of the club less than a year into a three-year deal.
Tongan international Leilani Latu has played just six matches after joining the Titans on a big-money two-year deal while million-dollar marquee Ashley Taylor is currently on a leave of absence as he battles personal issues.
Despite the woes, Brennan is confident if he's given the chance to finish what he started at the club he can transform the Titans into a club the Gold Coast can be proud of.
"There's some really good things going on within the club," he said.
"In my time here there's been some really good young kids who've developed and they're probably our shining lights in AJ Brimson, Moe Fotuaika and those sorts of guys.
"I'm very driven on making this a community-based club full of as many Gold Coast products as I possibly can because at the end of the day those players, it'll mean more to them than players who come from outside the area."
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