Gould again slams ’embarrassing’ Griffin

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    Phil Gould has doubled down on his justification for dumping Penrith coach Anthony Griffin in a stern reply to the sacked mentor’s own criticism of the Penrith supremo.

    Griffin was given his marching orders on Monday, with Gould indicating he had lost the players’ faith, was too controlling and was not the man to deliver a premiership to the club.

    The coach responded on Fox Sports’ NRL 360 on Wednesday, publicly questioning Gould’s patience and own results during his time at the club.

    And, in a swipe that infuriated Gould, Griffin indicated Gould was a control freak who craved being at the helm when Penrith next won the competition.

    In response, Gould teed off on the Nine Network’s Footy Show on Thursday night claiming Penrith “wouldn’t have won a premiership the way he was coaching”, despite them sitting fifth one month out from the finals.

    “He’s got us nowhere near a premiership at the moment,” Gould said.

    “My first thoughts … were that he shouldn’t have done it (the interview). I don’t think he’s done himself any favours.

    “He’s hurt a lot of people in that interview and embarrassed himself in front of people that know the truth.”

    Gould said he had twice asked the club to hold off firing Griffin this season following damning internal reviews.

    He claimed interim coach Cameron Ciraldo had twice asked to resign, only for Gould to talk him out of it.

    Penrith are hopeful of luring Ivan Cleary back to the club that sacked him three years ago, although Cleary still has two seasons to run on his Wests Tigers coaching contract.

    Amid accusations of unethical behaviour from Tigers chair Marina Go, Gould said Penrith had never suggested Cleary break his contract and return for the 2019 season.

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    • August 10th 2018 @ 7:48am
      Christo the Daddyo said | August 10th 2018 @ 7:48am | ! Report

      I’ve never been part of the anti-Gus crowd, but I’m starting to be more open to the idea lately.

      First of all he axes Cleary before his contract is up. He then axes Cleary’s replacement before his contract is up. When Griffin (understandably) vents in public, Gould tells him he shouldn’t be doing so, while doing plenty of his own venting. Now he wants to re-hire Cleary as Cleary’s replacement’s replacement.

      And the Penrith Board is OK with this?!?!?

      • August 10th 2018 @ 10:21am
        JoM said | August 10th 2018 @ 10:21am | ! Report

        Neither was I but after seeing him and his two Penrith fan boys last night I am definitely open to the idea. The 3 of them were embarrassing and after being a family that has watched the Footy Show since the night it started we will no longer watch it, or any of the 9 footy coverage, until all of them are gone. The way that the 4 (including Erin Molan) of them were laughing Griffin off was poor to say the least. Does he not realise he is changing his story every time he tells it?

        • August 10th 2018 @ 10:25am
          JoM said | August 10th 2018 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          Neither was I but after seeing him and his two Penrith fan boys last night I am definitely open to the idea. The 3 of them were embarrassing and after being a family that has watched the Footy Show since the night it started we will no longer watch it, or any of the 9 footy coverage, until all of them are gone. The way that the 4 (including Erin Molan) of them were laughing Griffin off was poor to say the least. Does he not realise he is changing his story every time he tells it? Also not to mention the fact that the former players they all keep quoting, Hannant who got dumped, Soward who got dumped and Segeyaro who keeps real good company aren’t the best they could speak to. The other who has come out slamming Griffin is Geyer who happens to have a brother-in-law on the Penrith board doesn’t he? No big surprises there.

      • August 10th 2018 @ 3:27pm
        Wayne Turner said | August 10th 2018 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

        Fool Gould is a projecting self-serving hypocrite.

        The Footy Show was pathetic last night by giving their employee Gould lots of time to yammer on,with predictably no tough questions on Gould’s failings in this saga. A clear unprofessional conflict of interest. All involved on the footy show were embarrassing.

    • August 10th 2018 @ 7:51am
      Major Bumsore said | August 10th 2018 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      If Ivan Cleary goes back to the Panthers amidst , what is clearly a massive sheetstorm of he said , he did , it would be the worst move of his career.
      I’ve never criticised Gould , but plenty on here do , it appears that criticism may be justified.

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        August 10th 2018 @ 8:10am
        The Barry said | August 10th 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

        Agreed Major.

        He’d want to hope it works out because his next NRL gig might be a while coming…

    • August 10th 2018 @ 8:27am
      Taree Raider said | August 10th 2018 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Ivan & Nathan Cleary to the Raiders, 2020. No fact to this statement only hope.

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        August 10th 2018 @ 10:30am
        Adam said | August 10th 2018 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        I think the Raiders have more than enough nepotism and cronyism already without bringing in a father son duo

    • August 10th 2018 @ 8:27am
      kk said | August 10th 2018 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Gus Gould mouths more twists than the back road to Woy Woy.

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      August 10th 2018 @ 9:01am
      Nat said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:01am | ! Report

      That was a pathetic PR stunt by Gould. Much like Griffin said about the ‘Tunnel Blowup’ Gus advised him “it didn’t happen” so this time he hands it onto the Club CEO and Gus had no knowledge that he was meeting with Cleary to sell a house and with nothing more than a ‘I might talk to the Tigers’ statement he sacks the coach. Gus claims he wanted to guide Griffin through his contract – yes, you’re the good guy Gus, you’re history says as much. The CEO won’t have to answer to the media so throw all the BS his way. I can tell you, in private enterprise, if the GM changed the direction of a company based on these same set of circumstances, he would be the one looking for new employment. I’m not Griffin’s biggest fan but this was self-serving garbage from Gus.

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      August 10th 2018 @ 9:05am
      Edward Kelly said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:05am | ! Report

      Griffin seemed very measured and considered in his NRL360 interview. Gould seems nasty and inconsistent in all his interviews. Cleary would be crazy to join that roller coaster.

      • August 10th 2018 @ 9:19am
        Jeffrey Dun said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

        “Cleary would be crazy to join that roller coaster.”

        Cleary’s brother in law (his unofficial spokesman ?) has been quoted in the press saying that Ivan would not go to Penrith while Gould is there.

        I’m assuming the brother in law had IC’s permission to make that statement.

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