Griffin named Penrith NRL coach

Penrith have named Anthony Griffin as their NRL coach on a three-year deal from the 2016 season.

Former Brisbane coach Griffin takes over from Ivan Cleary who was dumped by the Panthers this week with one year remaining on his contract.

Cleary was sensationally sacked by Panthers supremo Phil Gould on Monday.

The former State of Origin mentor said he believed Cleary needed a break from coaching.

Griffin spent four years at Red Hill and was moved aside ahead of the 2015 season to make way for returning supercoach Wayne Bennett.

Cleary spent four seasons at the foot of the mountains after leaving the Warriors following their 2011 grand final loss to Manly.

He was brought to Penrith with much fanfare by Gould and led the Panthers to the preliminary final in 2014.

This year, however, the Panthers only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon courtesy of a final-round win over last-placed Newcastle.

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