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Following the sacking of Penrith Panthers head coach Anthony Griffiths and the headhunting of Tigers coach Ivan Cleary, Gus Gould has fired himself in what punters are calling the ultimate power move.
Gould made several daring decisions during his tenure a general manager, including sacking coach Ivan Cleary in 2015 and offering him his job back last week, yet it is unclear what Gould’s self-elimination means for the future of the club.
In a brief statement Gould said:
“Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I am eight years into a five-year plan and I think it’s time I held myself accountable for my actions. I am hereby terminated as general manager, effective immediately.”
Gould was then seen leaving Panthers Stadium prior to strapping the frozen Oak machine to the roof of his Mitsubishi Skyline and doing one final burnout.
The club is unsure as to why Gus sacked himself just weeks before finals but believe the power move has something to do with keeping Nathan Cleary on as halfback.
Speaking exclusively with The Advocate the former Penrith player, coach and manager revealed that the end of his employment came after many tumultuous years of arguing with himself.
“It is ridiculous,” stated the self-disgruntled Gould.
“I’ll let you in on a secret, I have an old school attitude with myself. No, no, no, no, no, trust me on this one.”
Uncertainty surrounds what work is on the horizon for Gould, apart from his numerous TV and commentary deals he is somehow still allowed to do despite having an obvious vested interest in a club.