Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wests Tigers have officially had their worst start to an NRL season in club history as they are still seeking their first win of 2022 heading into round six.
Saturday the 14th of August 2021 was the last time the Tigers were victorious in an NRL game after they beat the North Queensland Cowboys 24-16 in round 22 last season.
In an attempt to cause a huge upset over the Parramatta Eels on Easter Monday, or at least look a much better side the Tigers have made several changes to their lineup including dropping two of their five captains to the Western Suburbs Magpies Knock-On Effect NSW Cup side who are also seeking their first win of 2022.
Tigers Chief Executive Officer Justin Pascoe has faced plenty of criticism over the past few seasons for his club’s lack of success with many fans even believing that he is their main issue and that the club cannot move forward until he has left.
Last night those people would have been horrified to hear that Pascoe has taken a midseason holiday to the Northern Territory which was supposed to take place during the offseason but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
It is believed that the Tigers board gave Pascoe their blessing to take his break at this time.
'A target on his head'
Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe has come under fire for taking a holiday while his club continues to struggle
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) April 12, 2022
One person who most certainly has not given their blessing is The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent who spoke out against Pascoe’s getaway last night on NRL 360.
“Apparently he is in the Northern Territory for a couple of weeks to have a break,” Kent said.
“I am afraid to ask what he is doing by Round 10, he is in Disneyland maybe.
“The fact is Justin Pascoe, and I like Justin, bad move, the club is trying to present a unified front, a one in all in image.
“But with the coach under so much pressure, the one thing he needed was his CEO standing by him.
“Tim Sheens has spoken regularly about supporting Michael Maguire, if they are going to do that, they need to be there.”
For now, the Tigers must do their best to start getting some wins on the board regardless of what their CEO is doing.