Sacked Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry.
Sacked Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry. DAVE HUNT

Neil Henry launches legal action against Titans over sacking

NEIL Henry has reportedly launched legal action against the Gold Coast Titans.

Senior Daily Telegraph reporter Phil Rothfield revealed Henry has engaged a legal team to pursue the Titans over money owed to him.

Henry was sacked from his position as coach of the club when he still had a year remaining on his contract.

Rothfield says the Titans attempted to send him packing without any of that contract being paid out, which would have been worth about $400,000.

"Neil Henry is embroiled in a legal dispute, like Des Hasler at Canterbury," Rothfield said.

"The Titans, when they sacked him, did not want to pay him anything even though he's under contract for next year.

"Lawyers for both parties are trying to solve it. The difficult position is the NRL owns the Titans, so Neil Henry's legal battle is actually against the NRL, who are trying to sell the club.

"I believe the NRL has lifted their offer from zero to about a hundred (thousand dollars)."

The news comes as Roosters coach Trent Robinson pushes his case for a coaches union within the game to protect his peers.

Henry is among four coaches to be let go this year, joining Jason Taylor, Michael Maguire and Des Hasler.

NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent revealed some disturbing news about South Sydney's handling of the Maguire axing a fortnight ago.


South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looks on during a team training session at Redfern Oval, in Sydney, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The Rabbitohs will face the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville on Friday. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING
Former South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire. DAN HIMBRECHTS

"Everyone is applauding South Sydney for the way they handled Michael Maguire ... it was disgraceful what they did to Michael Maguire," Kent said.

"They called him in, they said 'you're sacked effective immediately'. He was not even allowed to walk across the road and say goodbye to his players.

"The even bigger sin ... Michael Maguire, who was having people around to his house and all the rest of it, had no idea they were white-anting him"

Meanwhile, Gold Coast officials will reportedly fly to Sydney this week to interview Laurie Daley about the vacant Titans coaching job.

Rothfield told NRL 360 the Titans hierarchy had contacted Daley about the role as they hunt for a replacement for sacked Neil Henry.

"I don't know if he's the No.1 choice ... Laurie hasn't applied. They're going to the trouble of not flying him to the Gold Coast, they're flying down to Sydney to interview him," Rothfield said.


**FILE** A Wednesday, July 12, 2017 image reissued Friday, August 25, 2017 of NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley looking on during State of Origin Game 3 between the Queensland Maroons and NSW Blues, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Laurie Daley's tenure as NSW State of Origin coach is over after the NSW Rugby League opted against renewing his contract. The Blues have lost won just one series since Daley took over in 2013, and the NSWRL confirmed on Friday they would seek to employ a new coach. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Former NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley. DAVE HUNT

"There's risk in whatever they do. They need immediate success.

"What they like about Laurie is his marketability."

Kent revealed the Titans had shortlisted Daley and Kevin Walters as their preferred options to coach the club.

"I've been told similar information, that Kevvie was No.1 - he's unlikely to take it - Laurie is No.2, and they are first and second with daylight third," Kent said.

But Ben Ikin has his doubts over Daley's credentials.

Daley won just one series in five attempts as coach of the NSW Blues, and is inexperienced at NRL level when it comes to coaching.

"He coaches three games a year ... I don't know how that prepares you for the cut and thrust of an NRL season," Ikin said.