Queensland coach Kevin Walters faces the media.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters faces the media. DARREN ENGLAND

Titans coaching position: 'He's mad if he takes the job'

KEVIN Walters is considered a contender to replace Neil Henry at Gold Coast but Paul Kent says the Queensland coach would be "mad" to join the Titans.

Walters is among a list of candidates being tossed around in the wake of Henry's sacking on Monday.

The Titans want to find a replacement by November.

The Queensland Rugby League has told Walters it won't stand in his way if he wants to take a job in the NRL.

But Kent has warned against the move.

"I think he's mad if he takes the job," Kent told NRL 360.

"Kevvy's the current Queensland coach, he's got a pretty good gig here at Fox Sports, collectively he would be making more than what the Titans are going to offer to coach, I would presume.

"It's a much more pleasurable and comfortable situation he's in now than having to come in and try to do that (at the Titans).

"I think he's better off just sitting there and waiting until Wayne Bennett is finished at the Broncos, and then he just slips easily into that role."


Former NRL player and current Fox Sports analyst Gorden Tallis.
Former NRL player and current Fox Sports analyst Gorden Tallis. TEAUKURA MOETAUA

Gold Coast ambassador Gorden Tallis, however, believes Walters might be the perfect man for the job.

"I'm not too sure about that but what I know about the Titans is it's in Queensland, I think you need a Queensland guy," Tallis told NRL Tonight.

"You need someone with a high profile and I think Kevvy suits all that.

"He's had his toes in the water for a long time, he sat under Craig Bellamy for a long time, he sat under Wayne Bennett for a long time.

"He moved his family over to France so he's been everywhere.

"The best thing Kevvy's done as a Queenslander was last year when those 10 guys broke curfew, he put them on notice and that was a show of strength.

"I don't know any young coach that would come in after Mal Meninga, Queensland under pressure, and he made a really strong stance so I think that holds Kevvy in good stead."


Former Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey.
Former Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Meantime, former Manly coach Geoff Toovey has left the door open for a return home to Australia to possibly take on the Gold Coast job.

Toovey is another whose name has been mentioned in relation to the Titans vacancy, and he wouldn't deny his interest when speaking to Total Rugby League.

He's currently coaching Bradford in the Super League and is yet to commit beyond 2017.

"From day one, when Andrew (Chalmers) and Graham (Lowe) initially rang me, I was coming for a year," Toovey said of his current job overseas.

"They wanted me to commit for quite a while longer. I'm a realist - I said I'd see one year out but I didn't expect to be in this situation.

"I thought we'd kick on and do the job, but we've fallen short.

"There are many things to weigh up, including personal stuff back home."

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