Laurie Daley has been sacked as NSW Origin coach.
After a disastrous series loss this year the Canberra, NSW and Australian legend won't be offered a new contract, NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) chairman George Peponis said on Friday.
Ultimately a record of one series win (in 2014) from five attempts sealed Daley's fate, which was decided when the NSWRL board met today.
"I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision," Peponis said. "He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity.
"Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years."
This year's campaign will have hurt the most. After winning game one in Brisbane and dominating for 60 minutes in game two in Sydney, the Blues stumbled badly as some Johnathan Thurston magic ensured the series went to a decider.
Queensland, as it has been for 11 of the past 12 series, proved too classy once again in the decider and ensured Daley and all his staff and players would be put under the microscope.
Central to the this year's dramas was Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan being condemned for breaking camp and drinking in the lead-up to the pasting NSW copped in the Brisbane decider.
Daley also came under heavy fire for backflipping on initial plans to move star forward Andrew Fifita to the bench and starting David Klemmer in game three. The defeat immediately raised speculation Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns or Dean Pay would take over, with the NSWRL a month ago announcing an "ongoing" review of its series performance.
The Blues' board meeting also comes days after Maroons counterpart Kevin Walters was linked with the vacant NRL coaching job on the Gold Coast, which would open the door for a new Queensland mentor.
However Walters has since distanced himself from the Titans role. "I haven't had any talks whatsoever with the Titans about the possibility of me going there and coaching - that's just non-existent," Walters said on Fox Sports' Queenslanders Only.
"If and when I do make that step into the NRL, it's got to be a job that suits me and fits the type of coach that I am. Is that the Titans? I don't know."