Michael Maguire’s career at the Wests Tigers is in serious jeopardy, with the club reportedly set to hold a board meeting regarding his future this week.
After a lean few seasons, club officials have grown tired of the Tigers’ on-field woes, with the side sitting in 15th spot on the NRL ladder.
Maguire’s tenure has seen the Tigers slide down the ladder, with their second-half capitulation against South Sydney in Round 12 putting pressure back onto the coach.
Speaking on 100% Footy, senior reporter Michael Chammas revealed discussions between Tim Sheens, the coaching staff and the club board will occur during the State of Origin bye round.
“We reported yesterday in The Sydney Morning Herald, having spoken to Tim Sheens, the club was going to undertake a mid-season review,” he said.
“Most sides do at this time of the year – they were going to focus on a few different areas. Given they are three from 12 to start the year, there would be a lot of talk about the coach.
“Tim Sheens was quoted yesterday saying that at some point in the next couple of weeks, he is going to make a recommendation to the board about the direction the board heads in.
“There is a meeting on Friday, Tim sheens and the coaching staff. There is a lot of talk Michael Maguire may have coached his last game – I’m not sure which way the Tigers will go.”
Wests compiled back-to-back wins earlier in the year over competition heavyweights Parramatta and Souths, but have failed to continue on that momentum heading into the Origin period.
News Corp reporter Phil Rothfield said on NRL 360 on Monday night that he believed Maguire has coached his last game.
“I think there’s a split board – some want him to move on now, some want to give him a bit more time,” he said.
“I think those wanting to get rid of Madge will win, I think they have done it very cleverly.
“I think he has probably coached his last game.”
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Brett Kimmorley and Ben Gardiner are the likely replacement candidates should the club part ways with Maguire mid-season, while names like Cameron Ciraldo and Paul Green will factor in for a long-term position.
But as for the future of Maguire, Phil Gould was quick to shut down a potential move to Belmore for the 2014 premiership-winner.
“I’ve had no applications for the Bulldogs job,” he said.
“I’ve had no enquiries, nor have I spoken to anyone about it, nor am I in a hurry to speak to anyone about it.
“I can’t answer your question.”