In the most surprising non-surprise imaginable, the Panthers have today ended the tenure of coach Anthony Griffin, with their board reportedly informing him that his services won’t be required beyond this season.
According to nrl.com, Griffin may then opt to walk away immediately, with Cameron Ciraldo expected to take over as caretaker coach.
Depending on who you ask, this is either a giant surprise, or no surprise at all.
On one hand, Griffin has reportedly been on the nose at Penrith for some time, with speculation on his future dating back to last season, and continuing to build throughout this year.
On the other, the Panthers are currently sitting in a share of 4th spot on the ladder, and including this year, will have made the finals for three consecutive seasons.
The report indicates that the decision was made because the board believes that Griffin is incapable of leading the squad to a premiership.
Whether that’s true or not we may never know, but if nothing else it shows that nothing less than excellence is acceptable at the Panthers.
Griffin has coached 173 first grade games for the Panthers and Broncos, with a career winning percentage of 55.5%.