Who is Jimmy Lenihan? Gold Coast Titans’ new interim head coach following Justin Holbrook’s exit

Who is Jimmy Lenihan? Gold Coast Titans’ new interim head coach following Justin Holbrook’s exit

The Gold Coast Titans shocked everyone on the morning after Origin II when they announced they had parted ways with Justin Holbrook, effective immediately.

Following a review into the inner workings of the club, it was decided by Gold Coast’s powerbrokers that Holbrook had failed to come up to the mark with Des Hasler recruited from 2024 onwards on a three-year deal.

Who is Jimmy Lenihan? 

Until the premiership-winning coach arrives, the Titans still have the business end of this season to get through with assistant Jimmy Lenihan becoming the interim head coach.

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The former St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Seagulls player arrived on the Glitter Strip in 2019 to work alongside Holbrook after winning two Queensland Cup premierships as the head coach of Burleigh Bears.

“It was a good experience having a go at the NRL,” Lenihan told NRL.com three years ago.

“As an assistant to Justin, I was doing a little bit more of the attack side of what we do at the club.”

Lenihan had plenty of praise for the now former Titans coach, revealing it was a conversation with Holbrook that brought the 50-year-old to the club in the first place.

“I got a text from Justin one night at training and then I organised a phone call,” he told the club website. 

“We had a few calls over the next few days, and it all got done pretty quickly to be honest. It was quite exciting to talk to Justin.”

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The former NRL player – who played 40 games for the Dragons in the late 90’s – first entered the coaching ranks in 2004 when he worked as an assistant at the Burleigh Bears, before eventually taking over as their QLD Cup head coach two years later.

However, his first stint in charge ended in failure, before he returned after spending three years with the Bilambil Jets to guide them to two premierships in 2016 and 2019.

“We’ve done a lot of reviewing over the past 18 months to build out specific areas of the program – we’ve looked at our roster, our high-performance staff and how we’re sourced internally,” the club’s CEO, Steve Mitchell, explained after the abrupt exit of Holbrook.

“We think we’ve got large chunks of that program right. The piece we don’t think we’ve got right at the moment is how the playing group is being brought forward by the head coach.”

Hasler will take charge of the pre-season upon officially joining the club in November with the rest of the coaching structure set to remain the same.

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