NEIL Henry will be looking to launch what he hopes will be a long coaching role with the Gold Coast with a massive upset against NRL leader Manly at its Cbus Super Stadium headquarters.

In his first appearance as head coach, Henry (pictured) will require all his guile as a noted tactician to plot the Sea Eagles' downfall.

Henry is in a caretaker role until the club's board announces his full-time appointment after John Cartwright stepped down last Monday after 192 games in charge of the Titans.

The Titans were competition-leaders after six rounds but are now planning for season 2015 sitting in 12th place and, by all accounts, out of finals contention.

But that won't stop Henry from trying to launch his career with his third NRL club after stints with Canberra (49 games) and 124 at the helm of North Queensland.

For some reason the Titans play some of their best football against Manly with a 5-7 head-to-head record and a more recent 2-2 record.