Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since 2019, former premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire has strived to rebuild the Wests Tigers and get them back to where they were a decade ago, in the hunt for a premiership.
This year has marked the tenth straight season that the Tigers have failed to make the finals and it now seems the club is ready to move on from Maguire, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that they will part ways with him very soon.
Fox League’s James Hooper has since appeared on Triple M and has suggested that Maguire will be let go within the next week.
“I don’t like to say it because I have the utmost time and respect for Madge as a coach and also as a bloke, but I would be surprised if Madge is at the Tigers beyond the end of this week,” said Hooper.
“Their review has been ongoing of the football department, it’s been all-encompassing.
Wests Tigers set to cut Michael Maguire and usher in yet another new coaching era @MCarayannis https://t.co/2iCDH7rHrB
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) September 19, 2021
“Originally we were told it was going to be CEO Justin Pascoe and head of football Adam Hartigan doing it, then we learned the chairman Lee Hagipantellis, Tim Sheens and one of the board members were also involved in the process as well.
“So I think the Tigers will have a board meeting later this week. The board hasn’t rubber stamped or ratified anything yet, but that’s the way it looks as though the cards are going to fall.”
As part of the Daily Telegraph’s report, the candidates for the Wests Tigers head coach role have also been revealed, with presumed front runner Cameron Ciraldo unlikely to leave his role at Penrith to join the club.
It seems that the Tigers are aware of this and are now looking overseas for their next coach, with England national team coach Shaun Wane, who has previously stated he would like to coach in the NRL, Catalans Dragons head coach and former assistant coach at the Roosters Steve McNamara and St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf all believed to be on the Tigers’ shortlist.
This makes sense as the club has also begun to look over to Super League in terms of their recruitment, as Wigan Warriors duo Jackson Hastings and Oliver Gildart will be joining the Tigers in 2022.
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