SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: South Sydney Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire speaks during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL media opportunity at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 12, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Despite being at the helm during the Rabbitohs’ premiership success in 2014, Michael Maguire believes he’s a “wiser” coach now than he ever has been.

Maguire has been linked with Penrith’s vacant head coaching role, while he’s also been tied to jobs at Manly and Brisbane, when Wayne Bennett’s time at the Broncos comes to an end.

The 44-year-old is currently the coach of the New Zealand national team, and believes if he does re-enter club land at the NRL level, his new employer will be pleased with how much he’s learned during his time on the sidelines.

“I’m a lot wiser coach now than I think I was in 2014,” Maguire told Sunday Night with Matty Johns.

“I think my knowledge now across the game with this down time has given me a look at the whole organisation.”

Maguire also touched on impending vacancies at both the Sea Eagles and Broncos, with the former Rabbitohs boss believing he could be successful at both clubs.

It might not be as easy under Phil Gould at Penrith, with Maguire suggesting he would need to meet with Gould first to work out whether he would be the right fit for the Panthers.

“When you’ve got a general manager that has been a coach, he’s going to have very strong opinions. And he’s been very successful in his own right,” Maguire said.

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“So it’s one there you’d have to sit down and go through that club and determine what style of coach will suit Penrith.”


    • I think if manly signed Maguire for a two year, hard line militant boot camp, it would get that insidious, victim mentality out of the club.

      • IMO, Manly needs a rebuilding type coach, to get some results with limited resources, a young playing roster and a limited salary cap next year. Henry and Carty might suit this.

        Macguire would be better if this was a slightly better roster and he could work em hard in the off season, get them fit and disciplined to make a finals run…might work, but might not have the roster or depth to pull this off right now.

        …Or bring back Toovey, to bring in a bit of both, and a whole lot of heart and passion for the club. And he is familiar with some of the playing group and the club facilities.
        How Tooves would go with the current administration climate might be a bit of a s—tfight but it would bring back a lot of the fans, at least in the short term.

    • Maguire wont ever go to Manly with the players they have there. It would tarnish his career as it has with the Rookie coach Barrett. The only thing that will save Manly is a real Manly coach. Toovey or Hasler if the Penn brothers could swallow their pride.😁

      • Pride (Penn)

        1.a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
        2.the state or feeling of being proud.
        3.a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.

  1. Maguire won us a comp at South Sydney and he would be the coach to win premierships at Brisbane and Penrith with the players already at those clubs. But if he is wiser like he tells in this story, then his wisdom will shine out to the League world by avoiding discussions with the Penn family. Full Stop

  2. St.George should seriously think of hiring Michael Maguire, anyone would be better than McGregor who is just so pathetic with no idea about anything.

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