Tigers ‘relieved’ to finally deliver another contract payout

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    Jason Taylor’s position at the Wests Tigers had become untenable once the club discovered it had endured almost five years without a contract payout.

    The coach was coldly given his marching orders following an emergency board meeting yesterday, consolidating the club in its favoured position of complete and utter disarray.

    In a traditional move, the board opted to sack Taylor with immediate effect and grant a full payout of his contractual entitlements.

    This ensured the Tigers remained compliant with its charter of paying people large sums to do anything but work for them.

    Taylor will now take his place alongside Tim Sheens as a former employee with a fully-funded investment portfolio that could’ve been used to return Balmain Leagues back to solvency.

    A straight-laced, gawky fellow, whose hats never seem to fit him, Taylor arrived at the Tigers looking to simply bring stability to an organisation with a lengthy history of bad ideas.

    The tenure began in trademark Tigers fashion when the coach arrived for pre-season training to be greeted with a pin-less grenade.

    Predictably, predecessor Mick Potter left Taylor to inherit a flunky list, factions and rotting facilities, a working environment described by the board as “healthier than usual”.

    Robbie Farah on the scoreboard

    But from the outset, his desire to instil the club with professionalism put him immediately offside with those in power.

    Under an administration struggling to retain everything from personnel to decorum, Taylor’s calm demeanour and lack of a drinking problem did nothing to add to the Tigers’ penchant for public exhibitions of self-harm.

    After months of toil and trouble, many believed his cards were ultimately marked following the Robbie Farah saga.

    The fashion in which Taylor continually failed to yield to the hooker’s regular baiting was viewed as disrespectful to the club’s unwritten law of keeping nothing in-house.

    This left Farah with the unenviable job of making up the shortfall caused by Taylor’s public civility, forcing him to generate twice the amount of turmoil by provocatively staging multiple farewells.

    Despite winning a small amount of support at board level after he unknowingly oversaw the Tim Simona saga, in the end Taylor’s steadiness was too much for the organisation to bear.

    The board’s decision was also brought about by whispers emerging from the contract talks of James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods and Luke Brooks, most notably the star quartet’s concerns for “what lies ahead at the club”.

    In response, with the four seeking a glimpse into the future, the board decided honesty was the best policy.

    So they sacked a coach.

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    • March 21st 2017 @ 6:13am
      Rabbit said | March 21st 2017 @ 6:13am | ! Report

      If something does not work move on don’t get left behind and it was overwhelming not working…… There is so much talent in that club I call them the organ donors of the NRL but it can not be harnessed for some reason they have so many top young players in the lower grades other clubs come and cherry pick what they need I just hope they get a strong coach I hope it’s Ivan Cleary

      Taylor poor guy walked in to a sh#t fight cap problems bad decisions by the board let’s hope he help fix some of the problems so the next guy gets a real shot good luck Taylor

    • March 21st 2017 @ 7:43am
      Kobi said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      If the Tigers board can’t work together expect more of the same.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 7:43am
      MAX said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      To borrow from the creator of negative gearing…'” Jason Taylor was the payout we had to have”

      Ivan Cleary would have to be insane to coach this rudderless assembly of talented misfits,
      knowing that the big red V will be knocking on his door if they have not already done so.

      Jason Taylor: I like the bloke, always have. I wish him well.

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 9:18am
        Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        Agreed Maxy! Any coach worth his salt would be crazy to get involved with this club. Even John Hopoate would steer clear of that mess.

        • Roar Guru

          March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          Im not so sure Epi, If Hoppa was to pull finger he might be able to get some response.

          • Roar Guru

            March 21st 2017 @ 10:21am
            Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

            You might be right. The Tigers need someone who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty and who has experience in dealing with a***oles.

            • Roar Guru

              March 21st 2017 @ 11:34am
              Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:34am | ! Report

              Exactly! I’d imagine he’d be a Ricky style coach as well.. He has spent plenty of weeks on the sideline and not afraid standup up to someone with a stubborn jaw!

    • March 21st 2017 @ 8:16am
      uglykiwi said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:16am | ! Report

      Cleary 100/1 to take the job; why would he, he would look at the roster and quickly decide that apart from Teddy, no one has any Talent and would he be allowed to let Brooks and Moses go?? Nothing for him to gain by doing this job; they do not have a top 8 team.
      The Walker Brothers would also be 100/1 as it can be clearly seen, this board has no vision, therefore they wouldnt even look to at the walker brothers (who personally I think would do a fab job and would be exactly the fit the job needs…)
      Therefore the job is going to Todd!!! and not Greenberg…. but Payton. They say hes a good coach, but this is a gig I wouldn’t be wanting!! So good job to him is all I can say!!
      Maybe the reason the big four didn’t want Taylor, was that Taylor had decided both Brooks and Moses just aren’t up to first grade standard!!! and was happy to ship them on… so they decided to work together and get him sacked; because the last two games were a gutless, pathetic load of rubbish, especially from Moses and Brooks;

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 9:20am
        Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

        Ivan Henjak might be the only coach desperate enough to take on this job.

        • Roar Rookie

          March 21st 2017 @ 11:30am
          William Dalton Davis said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:30am | ! Report

          From what I understand Ivan Henjak has no interest in being a head coach in the NRL again. I wouldn’t mind signing a 2million dollar deal over 5 years for one and a half years work though.

          • Roar Guru

            March 21st 2017 @ 12:44pm
            Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

            Ivan Henjak sounds like a very smart man.

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 8:24pm
        Cadfael said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

        Don’t forget the other alternative. bring Robbie back as coach. All problems solved.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 8:29am
      Zedman said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      On 360 the late mail is Cleary has been sounded out. Whoever coaches is going to have a few changes to this performance based contract that is impossible to adhere to.

    • Roar Guru

      March 21st 2017 @ 9:30am
      Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      This team is uncoachable.
      Webster will be their fourth coach in five years and whoever is dumb enough to take on the job full time will be their fifth coach in six years.

      They’ve got the most exciting fullback in the game and a captain who put together a lot of post contact metres (on a good day)… and that’s about it.

      They’ve got a halves combo that everyone will still be telling us “will be a great pairing once they get a few games under their belt” right up to the day they retire in their early 30s.

      They’ve got a number of outside backs that can best be described as “handy” and some forwards with potential, but the whole thing is overseen by a club with more factions and conflicts than game of thrones.

      The Tigers are a mess. The club that trains at Concord, and plays home games in Balmain, Campbelltown and Homebush are a Frankenstein’s monster of two once proud clubs. Big changes are needed, because with Farah and Taylor both gone, the club is fast running out of scapegoats.

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am
        Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        The problem was expressed by Benny Elias’ actions last night. They aren’t one club. They think of themselves as 2 clubs forced into an arranged marraige. And Elias is the last one who should be whinging about the situation the club finds themselves in.

        I am not so sure what Balmain was thinking, but putting all of your money into a hooker and expecting to get long term satisfaction and benefit is clearly a matter of lust of the eyes & flesh. Elias is no Pretty Woman after all.

        • Roar Guru

          March 21st 2017 @ 10:25am
          Epiquin said | March 21st 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          Sometimes I feel like the NRL should just buy the club, replace the board with independents and relocate them up the M1 (or across the Nullarbor). Give the club a permanent home ground and the chance to build an identity.

          I’m not a fan of forced relocation, but, to be honest, I think the Tigers would actually benefit from it.

          • Roar Guru

            March 21st 2017 @ 11:36am
            Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

            I could live with this but it would be a potential minefield for the NRL especially with so many former players being big personalities. I just think they should make the board fully independent then give them 1 Balmain Chair and 1 Magpies Chair, basically making them a minority at the club.

            I think they both forget sometimes that if either one of them wasn’t there at some point over the last 17 years both of them wouldn’t be here.

          • March 21st 2017 @ 8:21pm
            Jacko said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

            There are lots of other Sydney clubs that should relocate before the Tigers. The Tigers did the Merge BS and look where that got them

      • March 21st 2017 @ 6:28pm
        TigerMike said | March 21st 2017 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

        Well said mate
        The halves can’t kick or tackle, or catch even.
        Easy for me to say yeah but check the score boards

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