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The Wests Tigers have sacked coach Michael Maguire three and a half years into his stint at the club.
The Tigers board finally swung the axe on Maguire after a tough and relatively unsuccessful few years at the club.
Former New South Wales representative Brett Kimmorley has been announced as taking over as interim coach.
Kimmorley was recently featured as the club’s Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership Coach.
The club announced the sacking on Tuesday (June 7) afternoon via their club website.
Michael Maguire has today been terminated from his role as Head Coach, effective immediately. Wests Tigers would like to thank Michael for all his hard work and effort over the past three and a half years, and wish him all the very best in the future. https://t.co/oZVsY5ZDNd pic.twitter.com/YxVcAoKJxT— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) June 7, 2022
They said: “Wests Tigers Head Coach, Michael Maguire, has today been terminated from his role, effective immediately.
“Wests Tigers sincerely thanks Michael for all his hard work and effort over the past three and a half years.
“As this is no doubt a challenging time for all parties, the club would like to respect Michael's privacy, wish him all the very best and will make no further comment.
“For the rest of the season Brett Kimmorley will take over as Interim coach.”
Maguire took over from Ivan Cleary four years ago and has progressively seen his team slip backwards on the NRL ladder each season.
The Tigers currently find themselves in 13th place on the NRL ladder having won only three of their 12 games so far this season.
Maguire’s last game in charge of the club was a 44-18 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday, 28 May.
NRL coach axing season seems to be in full swing as clubs assess the first part of the season.
We just keep going around in a tortuous circle don’t we? Back to square one now. Michael Maguire gone as soon as he finally gets his roster and they start to return to health…so now what? Hit restart AGAIN?— WestsLife Podcast (@WestsLifePod) June 7, 2022
Maguire’s sacking signals the third coach to leave an NRL team this season following Trent Barrett who quit the Bulldogs last month and Nathan Brown who was sacked from the Warriors just this morning.
The New Zealand Warriors confirmed earlier today they had sacked coach Nathan Brown ahead of a scheduled board meeting.
The club revealed that Brown was not willing to relocate to New Zealand permanently due to personal reasons.
The team were due to return to Auckland later this month to play their first game in New Zealand in over two years as the team had relocated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brown had signed on to coach the Warriors in 2021 with a three-year deal until the end of 2023, however, the club confirmed in a statement that he would be leaving with immediate effect.
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