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Many NRL pundits put their money into sacking Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire before the end of the year.
But a report from the Sydney Morning Herald says Maguire could still get a stay of execution and lead the club to next season.
The Tigers suffered a horror campaign in 2021 and the club’s powerbrokers launched an internal review in the aftermath of a demoralizing last-round loss to the Bulldogs.
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The review is being led by Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe and football chief Adam Hartigan, although many believe both of these men should be reviewed themselves.
The assumption is that the review will result in Maguire’s sacking, which has become a regular occurrence at Concord over the past decade.
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But the Herald says Maguire could still remain a coach due to “the lack of an exceptional replacement, the costs associated with finding one … and the need to start a new rebuild.”
It comes as the Daily Telegraph reveals that Tim Sheens – who helps with the exam – will interview potential training candidates Kristian Woolf and Shaun Wane while he is stranded in the UK.
Penrith’s assistant, Cameron Ciraldo, is the other name that keeps getting mentioned.
The club’s board decision to extend Maguire’s contract at the end of last year has been called into question and now looks astonishing given the team’s performance in 2021.
But club president Lee Hagipantelis defended the extension.
“It was very appropriate at the time to secure its services and ensure stability within the organization, which is an important part of recruitment and retention,” Hagipantelis told the Herald.
“I don’t think the board has any regrets.”
Hagipantelis took the radio Wednesday morning to defend the internal review.
Earlier in the week, the NRL 360 panel blasted the “Mickey Mouse” review for being conducted by the people who should be screened.
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