A day with family has given perspective to dumped Raiders coach David Furner, who claimed his shock sacking was "not a pinch" on what he endured last year.
Having received news of his sacking from his big brother and Raiders chief executive Don on Tuesday, Furner spent yesterday with two of his three children and wife Kellie, who fought a secret battle with breast cancer last year as Furner fought to save his job.
Furner admitted disappointment with the way his sacking had been handled, given the Raiders had been such "a big part of my life".
But he refused to blame the club's administration or the senior playing group, which had seemingly turned against him.
The Raiders released a video on their website last night, with senior players Terry Campese, David Shillington and Brett White denying a player revolt against Furner.
But Fairfax Media understands agitated players had approached board members with major concerns about Furner's coaching.
Furner admitted his support for troubled centre Blake Ferguson could have led to his downfall, but said he would stand by the decisions of his five-year tenure at the club.
Furner expressed his ambition to continue coaching, including assisting Tim Sheens at this year's World Cup with the Kangaroos, but said his immediate focus would be on his family.
"I'm disappointed and you have a lot of mixed emotions, but I'm a lot clearer today," Furner said.
"I told my family this morning, we've been through more. It's not a pinch on last year, so I need to look at the positives."
Furner refused to point fingers when asked if player power had been behind his sacking. He denied he was aware of long-standing discontent among his players.
He did address them after Saturday's loss to the Bulldogs, after fans abused them on their way off the field. It prompted Furner to take the team to Mossy Point, on the NSW South Coast, on Tuesday to escape the pressure and try to bond.
Furner was aware that the players had planned to meet in camp to try to focus on a late-season finals charge.
But Furner left camp on Tuesday evening after his sacking, and Don Furner told the players the news.
"I said to the players after the [Bulldogs] game, we need to get things on track. I said is there anything we need to do, is there anything I can do better ... there was nothing," Furner said.
In July, Fairfax Media reported player upheaval due to Furner's lenient treatment of players such as Ferguson and Josh Dugan.
Furner said he would stand by his decisions.
"I've always made decisions on what I thought was best for the team at the time," Furner said.
"I've supported Fergo. Has it contributed? It could have, but I'm not going to point fingers."
Having progressed from ballboy to premiership winning player, then coach, Furner said his love of the club was unwavering.
Shocked to be sacked, Furner said he was "grateful" to receive the bad news from his brother Don. The Furner family has been an integral part of the club from its foundations in 1982.
"He wanted to be the one to let me know and gee I was grateful for that," David Furner said.
The Raiders may need to win their remaining three games to make the finals, and Furner has backed the team to bounce back against Manly on Sunday.
"I've always believed in them ... they know I support them," he said.