Boss Brennan braced for review verdict as Titans sink to foot of Premiership

Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan borrowed a line from Ashleigh Barty’s Wimbledon campaign as he accepted he could lose his job next week.

The Titans were thumped 24-2 by Penrith Panthers on Friday and sank to the foot of the NRL Premiership.

There are doubts over Brennan's future, with the club having carried out a review of operations that could have an impact on his job.

Australia Test coach Mal Meninga is Gold Coast’s head of performance and culture.

But Brennan, who spent 18 years working in the NSW Police Force, said there were “more important things in life than coaching rugby league”, as he awaits the conclusions of the review.

"Do I want to keep my job? Of course I do, but the sun will still come up tomorrow like Ash Barty said the other day, and I move on," Brennan said.

Barty appropriated her line from the musical film ‘Annie’, with the world number one peppering her Wimbledon press conferences with movie quotes.

In comments published on NRL's official website, Brennan added: "It's out of my control. I don't speculate or read too much into it. That's for Mal and the board, they'll come up with what's best for the club.

"I love the club and want them to be successful, that won't change regardless of the outcome next week."

Penrith were clinical against the Titans, earning a sixth straight win, with Dylan Edwards and Brian To'o both grabbing two tries and James Maloney booting eight points. Tyrone Roberts kicked a lone penalty for Gold Coast.

Friday’s other match saw an upset as Canterbury Bulldogs pulled off a 20-14 victory against sixth-placed Newcastle Knights, to move off the bottom of the table.

Newcastle led 8-0 with 25 minutes to play but then shipped tries to Will Hopoate, Corey Harawira-Naera and Reimis Smith, all converted by Nick Meaney, who also added a penalty.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s second converted try of the game cut the deficit in the 72nd minute but Newcastle could not breach the Bulldogs line again.

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