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Panthers to cut ties with Griffin

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Panthers coach Anthony Griffin (AAP Image/Michael Chambers)

Penrith have reportedly parted ways with coach Anthony Griffin just four weeks out from the NRL finals.

Griffin is believed to have been told his services are not required beyond this year, despite being on contract until the end of 2020.

It's been reported that Griffin will leave the club immediately despite the Panthers being in fifth spot and in contention for a top four finish.

Should Griffin leave, assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo is the leading contender to take charge on a caretaker basis.

The Panthers have this year been plagued by rumours of discord between Griffin and general manager Phil Gould, with Griffin said to have lost the playing group.

The Panthers have reached the finals every year since Griffin took over from Ivan Cleary in 2016, however that was not enough to save his job.

Gould has been critical of the Panthers' performance in recent weeks but has repeatedly denied rumours Griffin was on the outer.

He also strenuously denied reports linking the club to Manly coach Trent Barrett and his assistant, John Cartwright.

© AAP 2018

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