Titans haul Cartwright in for talks

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Chooping block ... John Cartwright faces a nervous wait about his future at the Titans. Source: Mark Evans / News Limited

JOHN Cartwright will be summoned to face Titans hierarchy as the club seeks urgent solutions to avert the Gold Coast missing the finals for the third consecutive season.

The Courier-Mail can reveal Titans head coach Cartwright and his assistants will meet with interim CEO Darryl Kelly on Wednesday to discuss a sweeping restructure of the club's football operations for 2014.

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Kelly personally wants Cartwright on deck next season but concedes the foundation coach's fate may ultimately rest with a newly created Titans board, set to be instituted by season's end.

Contracted until the end of 2016, Cartwright's future has become increasingly tenuous.

Some Gold Coast players are losing faith in his methods, expressing frustration at a perceived lack of feedback from Cartwright.

The Titans had been entrenched in the top six but four heavy losses in a row have seen the Coast slump to 11th ahead of Sunday's must-win clash against Wests Tigers at Skilled Park.

Kelly wants answers from Cartwright, who heads up Gold Coast's football committee.

"We are undertaking a review of the football department, and John is a part of that, as are the other people in the football department," said Kelly, who outlaid $3.25 million last year for a 31.8 per cent stake in the Titans.

"Obviously we are not happy with where we are sitting - it's just above the Cowboys and Broncos, which is not what anyone's aim is.

"We have aspirations to make the eight, and we still think we can. But it is becoming a harder road for us."

Sacking Cartwright would be an expensive exercise.

His deal is worth an estimated $350,000 annually, meaning the Titans must deal with a $1 million payout if they decide to axe Cartwright.

Cartwright has the lowest winning percentage of any NRL coach to complete a full season since the start of 2011 - winning just 24 of his past 66 games for a 36.4 per cent success rate.

But Kelly is keen for Cartwright to coach the Titans in 2014, regardless of whether the club misses the finals for a third straight year.

"The coach is not under review," he said.

"We are looking at ways to improve the performance right through the club, including the under-20s and our junior-development program.

"John Cartwright has my full support. He is an integral part of our club.

"We are meeting to make some decisions about how we can structure the football department next year, and what resources we throw at it to improve the performances."

It is understood Titans players have been frustrated with the lack of feedback they receive from Cartwright.

"There has been some discontent around feedback and a few players were concerned with the lack of attention their individual games were receiving this season," a source close to the team said.

"In some cases, the players were searching for feedback outside Cartwright because they knew their form was falling away, but were unsure why.

"The players I have spoken to respect Carty, but know this team should be top-four."

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