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.
“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.”