John Cartwright has announced he will be stepping down as coach from the Gold Coast Titans.
Cartwright broke the news during a press conference held on Tuesday, after meeting with the club’s board to determine his coaching future. Both parties mutually agreed he wasn’t in their long-term plans and decided this week’s clash against the Roosters will be his last.
Cartwright was the foundation coach of the club since its inaugural season in 2007. The departing coach had two years left on his current contract and said it’s what the club needed.
“I do want what’s best for the club, that goes without saying. There were things that both parties had to consider but the bottom line was I just wanted some clarification over the next five weeks,” he said.
Cartwright will be replaced by assistant coach Neil Henry following Monday’s clash with the Roosters. The Titans haven’t been performing well this year and have lost nine out of their last 11 matches. A change was always looming.
Cartwright led the club to finals appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was also at the helm when the club collected their maiden wooden spoon in 2011.
Titans founder Michael Searle also resigned from his position as managing director of the club effective immediately and will step down as executive director of football at the end of the season. – David Telefoni
Top screenshot of Cartwright taken from press conference video.