SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Tigers coach Jason Taylor watches his players warm up during the round 11 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers sack coach Jason Taylor

Wests Tigers have today announced the termination of the contract of Head Coach Jason Taylor, effective immediately.

Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go said that this decision was not an easy one for the Club to make.

“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers I’d like to thank Jason for his commitment and contribution to the Club during his time as Head Coach,” said Go. “Jason has overseen significant change within the Club over the past two seasons and we thank him for his efforts.

“Our position has always been to make sure that the Head Coach’s contract is tied to performance and that hasn’t changed,” she said. “We are committed to building a side that will be in a position to win NRL Premierships and believe that this decision is the correct one for the future of the Club.


“This is a challenging time for the Club and Jason and we ask that we are given time to work through this process with Jason,” said Go.

Current Wests Tigers Assistant Coach Andrew Webster will take on the role of Interim Head Coach.

Webster returned to Wests Tigers this year after spending two seasons as an Assistant Coach at the New Zealand Warriors.

Webster previously worked for Wests Tigers as an assistant coach.


    • I don’t feel sorry for him, tigers halves aren’t up to first grade standard week in week out. Last year they blamed Robbie, this year no were to hide, Taylor dug his own grave.

      • I guess you are right… the coach needs inspire the team but how do they go from round 1 to round 3 form in the space of a week. You could argue Saints might have been in the same position but at least they put some points on the board against a very good parra side.

  1. Get Ivan Cleary or Geoff Toovey right now. Either one of these coaches will do a great job with the Tigers.

  2. Taylor is just not a first grade coach. Sacked from two clubs now, I doubt he will get another coaching gig anywhere in the NRL.

    He can’t blame Farrah for this chain of events, seems the Tigers got rid of the wrong man.

  3. damn! i was hoping Barrett will be sacked first then Manly can go for Ivan Cleary (or Tooves or Des).

  4. Not a fan of Taylor but fark what did the tigers expect when they are paying overs for inconsistent play makers
    With no experience
    Is going to be the next best” is not what you pay people on

  5. It’s all due to their big 4 off contract refusing to sign until “they know who’s steering the ship” seems it’s like when Robbie, Benji & Beau got rid of Tim Sheens seems the Tigers keep going full circle

    • Breaking news wests tigers terminate brooks and moses and bring back club legends marshall and prince. They’ve also come to terms with robbie farah for a 25 year captain-coach contract

  6. unbelievable he was the talk of tiger town when they beat Souths , i rate him has a coach , but he just has not got the cattle, the halves are so overated and Brooks never seems to run, but to sack him after three rounds that’s BS , tigers management are the one’s who should go.

  7. the guy was crap…. i rate Cleary as a far better man manager which is where taylor really seemed to be lacking.. i think taylor should have been sacked at the end of last season rather than unsettle the whole team in the middle of the season….

  8. What a joke…..You win the first game and lose the next two to Penrith and Canberra who were both touted as favourites for the comp at the start of the season. I think cloud surffer is right in that it’s all about the big four off contract. I guess he did his job by getting rid of Farah last year and it’s cheaper to pay Taylor out this year than last year maybe. Anyway I wasn’t a fan of Taylor’s even when he was at the Bears. Just got that personality that’s hard to like.

  9. Who had Jason Taylor in the “first coach to be shown the door in 2017” pool?

    The Tigers got a free shot at a 15 man South Sydney team in round 1 that carried GI as a passenger for half the match. They thought they were world beaters after just one game but they were never the real deal and it didn’t take long for gravity to take hold on the lead balloon that is Jason Taylor and bring them crashing down to earth. The truth is last Sunday the Tigers looked like an uncoached rabble. There was no direction in their play, no order to their attack and their defensive structures fell to pieces. Ultimately there was no one left to blame but the head coach. Taylor hid behind his scapegoat Robbie Farah in 2016 who he blamed for all the Tigers misfortunes. Well, Robbie won his 250th first grade game on the weekend and played a strong role in assisting the Rabbits to a hard fought win over a determined and gallant Knights side. Controversy aside Souths have come up with back to back wins despite the loss of Inglis while a full strength Tigers outfit couldn’t even look competitive against a team that was without a win and languishing at the bottom of the NRL ladder.

    Taylor ruffled feathers at Souths and has repeated this at the Tigers with his abrasive, arrogant attitude and uncompromising coaching style. He has proven time and again that his only consistent quality as a coach is to polarise opinion within his squad and alienate players who will not sign on while he remains as coach.

    Taylor may have been a decent player in his day but let’s face it, after separate attempts at three different clubs, he has been unable to make it as a first grade coach.

    • Can’t agree with you SSTID Tigers management have totally mismanage the salary cap, they are the one’s who messed up, i rate Taylor has a coach , i think he has a lot to offer, the Tigers don’t have the cattle has i have mentioned b4 , their halves are terrible , Brooks doesn’t run and Moses is way overrated, their forwards don’t dominate and when you has a coach are faced with a team he could not assemble, due to salary cap mismanagement , well i think it is a bit rich to be honest, the only players the Tigers to resign is Woods and Tedesco, hey how do you reckon Farah feels at the moment!! I reckon Souths should make a play for Woods, we need a quality front rower.

      • Penso, I reckon you should make a play for Taylor, as assistant coach of course, given his outstanding talents.

      • “I reckon Souths should make a play for Woods, we need a quality front rower.”

        Then why Woods? I would rather see Souths go after Coen Hess (back row), Leilani Latu or Jake Trbojevic. Old mate st47 never rated Jake T. he thought he wasn’t quite up to rep standard so perhaps Souths can help get young Jake T. to the next level.

    • Not me although I had Taylor, McGregor and Barratt as favourites. I didn’t think it would this soon. To be fair to taylor, outside of Woods and Teddy, it’s not a great roster and I think most coaches woukld struggle to get to the semis with the talent he’s had to work with.

  10. While there at it sack the halfback , the rest of the team hand back their pay checks for the last 2 weeks Those performances weren’t your coach’s fault.

  11. When a loyal club legend, like Farah, is treated like he was, and when your current players won’t sign under the current coach, something’s very wrong.

    Farah lost 2 battles (dumped by his club, and the R1 revenge), but won the war.

  12. They weren’t too far off the pace last year… just outside the 8.
    The tigs came together nicely half through the season. I’m not much of a JT fan but i think that 2 crap games shouldn’t bring in the death knell…. just an opinion.

  13. The timing of his dismissal is ridiculous. Surely they should sack him in the off season if they are unhappy. If unsure, then they need to give him some time to prove that he can turn things around. I agree with Pedro, 3 games is nowhere near enough. To put this in perspective, look at the NRL Ladder after 3 rounds. There are 10 clubs currently on one win and 2 losses. Sharks, Raiders, Broncos, Bulldogs, Panthers, Knights, Sea Eagles, Titans, Warriors and Tigers. Apart from Barrett, who was already under pressure, I can’t see any of those other teams sacking their coach next week.

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