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    Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has been sacked despite being contracted until 2020. (AAP Image/Michael Chambers)

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    Well over a year’s worth of speculation, articles and media reports saying now former Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin lost the trust of the playing group was “a mass collection of coincidental autocorrects that made and continued a false narrative for 18 months”, according to a News Limited spokesperson.

    Hot on the heels of Anthony Griffin’s dismissal on Monday and his NRL 360 interview shortly after, some are questioning how his sentiment. His assertion that the Penrith players have never fallen out with him went unchallenged from NRL 360 regulars Paul Kent and Ben Ikin, despite the panel being persistent with ‘player unrest at Penrith’ reports.

    “What did you expect from Ben and Paul? Journalistic integrity?”, a passing Fox Sports intern remarked before being quickly cut off by the now on-edge News Limited spokesperson.

    “What my good friend here was meant to say is that we do our teleprompter work exclusively on our iPads now”, the spokesperson nervously exclaimed, “so, yeah, the autocorrect bug also infiltrated our proud show”.

    The spokesperson then went on to explain in detail the plot of Anchorman and the main character’s inability to avoid reading everything displayed on the teleprompter.

    “Yeah, you see that mate? Yeah, we all have that, aye”, the spokesperson mumbled as he showed me a clip of the movie on YouTube.

    Despite persistent denials from this particular spokesperson on the notion of potential bias against the Penrith Panthers, and News Limited journalists shifting focus of the story from ‘star players potentially leaving unless Griffin is sacked’ to ‘Gus has lost his mind and innocent Griffin was never the problem’, an anonymous journalist from the Daily Telegraph via a phone call late last night suggested otherwise, “it’s hilarious what we can get away with”.

    “Penrith had more injuries in 2015 than any other club in recent memory and our interview with Griffin is being praised for letting Anthony suggest without challenge that Panthers’ lowly finish that year was purely because of the club’s staff members’ volition and ineptitude, and act like Penrith didn’t finish fourth and make the Prelims the previous year”, the journalist shockingly admitted. “we can get away with a lot”.

    The journalist went onto confirm the not so shocking assumption that people who’s major media diet consumption derives from forms of News Limited are single tradies older than 40 who think the world ‘flog’ is a verb.

    “I mean, Phil freaking Rothfield is one of the most prominent names in rugby league journalism and his core demographic are old men who yell at clouds.”, the journalist continued.

    “The amount of lies and misleading content that man’s posted in an attempt to water down the efforts of the people at the club – whether it be him lying that the five-year plan was to win a comp – and not to fix the junior pathways or.

    “Wait, get this… He even ignored all of the games Penrith have been cost because of unlucky decisions despite his excessive complaining about refereeing in any other game and instead published in an article a fake, scientifically inaccurate drawing some Manly fan posted on Facebook to justify why Penrith should have lost. Yet, him and all of us are painted as the credible ones”, he said.

    The souce then he bizarrely finished, “Guess you can say it’s easier to please kids with party pies and sausage rolls than adults”.

    Don’t know about that last part, party pies and sausage rolls are the pinnacle of food. But it became abundantly clear that News Limited’s change in narrative is an attempt to drive up controversy at a club thats side in the story they’ll barely mention – despite the media arm’s past reporting adding a lot of credibility to what they have to say.”

    Stay tuned to The Roar for satirical updates on the situation.

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    • Roar Guru

      August 11th 2018 @ 10:13am
      The Barry said | August 11th 2018 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      Poor old Gus and the Panthers. If only they had a vehicle to tell their side of the story…

      • August 11th 2018 @ 10:51am
        no one in particular said | August 11th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        Well, News have completely stuffed this one up

        They had Griffin being sacked 25 weeks ago. They had Barrett going to Penrith, then it was Cartwright. Come Tuesday they had Cleary signed, sealed and delivered. Then they backtracked and had Gus in discussions with Cleary, then Cleary talking with the Chairman because he refuses to talk with Gus. As it looked more likely that Cleary was going nowhere their narrative changed that Gus had stuffed up in the chase for “his man”. Now Cleary has come out and said he never had any intention of leaving the Tigers.

        They will continue to spin the narrative to stop making themselves look like the complete idiots they are, and the people who read them will forget everything that was said to them 48 hours ago.

        But it’s all fine, because bashing Gus is what the cool kids do

        • Roar Guru

          August 11th 2018 @ 11:24am
          The Barry said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:24am | ! Report

          I take the Gus bashing with a pretty sizeable grain of salt and the News reporting is pretty silly but Gould also has his own media spin department with channel 9.

          Gould’s not the cartoon villain News make him out to be but he’s not the white knight taking decisive action to save the day he’s painting himself to be either.

          The rumours about Gus and Griffin’s falling out have been around for a while.

          From Gus’ own admission he signed Griffin and extended his contract in November last year. Gus has also admitted there have been two internal reviews this year where the board wanted action taken. Gould said he’d handle it at the end of the season. He’s effectively left it until four weeks out from the end of the season.

          The re-signing of Griffin will cost the Panthers plenty. Letting the issue fester until four weeks from the semis is pretty poor management.

          In November Gould re-signs Griffin. By February he was tearing strips off him at a trial game at Belmore. By August he’s sacking him a month out from the semis. There’s a pretty flawed judgement somewhere along the line. Griffin hasn’t suddenly changed his style or become a dramatically worse coach in nine months.

          Forget the hysterical News Gus bashing – when you look at just the information Gould has provided there’s plenty of evidence that Gould hasn’t managed this situation at all well.

          I agree that Gus has copped a caning from News but he also has more than his share of air time to put his views and agenda across.

          • August 11th 2018 @ 11:46am
            no one in particular said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:46am | ! Report

            Gould makes decisions, but it’s the Board that signs off on everything. Apparently the Board wanted Griffin gone after the mid-season review but Gould talked them out of it. This week he couldn’t talk them out of it. The GM, who reports to the CEO, who in turns reports to the Board, isn’t going to make a decision off his own back that will cost the organisation millions.

            Griffin has come off as a bitter ex-employee (understandable), the Penrith Board has come off as amateur, Gould has looked like he needs someones strings he can pull (which he doesn’t want) and Cleary should have spoken up sooner.

            The only people who come up smelling of roses are Go and Pascoe but News won’t give them credit after Go publicly humiliated Rothfield to his face in front of a number of powerful league people at a function a few years ago

            • August 12th 2018 @ 12:24am
              Barry said | August 12th 2018 @ 12:24am | ! Report

              The Board sacked Griffin not Gould

        • August 12th 2018 @ 12:25am
          Barry said | August 12th 2018 @ 12:25am | ! Report

          Cleary will be coaching Penrith in 2020

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