Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire (Image: NRL.com)

The Wests Tigers are tipped to cut ties with senior coach Michael Maguire and end their three-year partnership, per The Daily Telegraph

Maguire has been under immense pressure from the Tigers' board in recent months, having amassed an 8-16 record and 13th place finish in 2021.

This year saw Wests finish outside of a finals placing for a 10th straight season, with Maguire being the fifth coach at Concord to lead the club during that run.

The Tigers powerbrokers pulled the trigger on an internal review of the club's football operations, plummeting the likelihood Maguire would remain at Wests past this year despite being contracted for the next two seasons.

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With no obvious candidate to succeed Maguire in sight, the Tigers have been reluctant to part ways with their senior coach, however, that now looks to have changed.

According to News Corp's report, a "mood shift" has since seen the Tigers' board turn, and are now likely to place Maguire on the chopping block.

Despite reportedly not being overly keen on the job, Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo is among the leading names to succeed Maguire should he depart.

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Former Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has also been tied to the job and previously spoke on the reports of a potential coaching return.

Flanagan and Ciraldo join the likes of outgoing Bunnies boss Wayne Bennett, Tongan head coach, Kristian Woolf, departed Maroons coach Paul Green, John Morris and Steve McNamara as available names for next season.


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  1. Gee, it must be good to be able to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars. Like if your going to sign a coach make sure they are willing to sign on to being an assistant should they fail at the coaching top job whilst under contract. Not just be entitled to a massive pay-out and walk away with the cash. The amount of wasted money in the NRL on staff and players is ridiculous. Seriously it’s millions of dollars…

  2. Yeah right, so who do they replace him with? Would you honestly give a first time coach this job, with this board?

    I seriously hope Ciraldo and Woolf are smart enough to not consider this for their first coaching job and wait for a club in a more stable environment.

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