UPDATE: Jason Taylor sacked as Wests Tigers coach

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    The Wests Tigers’ thumping 46-6 loss to the Canberra Raiders appears to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, with Jason Taylor officially sacked as the club’s head coach.

    The Daily Telegraph initially reported that Taylor could be sacked in 24 hours, but the club released a statement saying it is effective immediately.

    “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 chairperson Marina Go. “Jason has overseen significant change within the club over the past two seasons and we thank him for his efforts.”

    There were rumours that several players were unhappy with Taylor in charge and were refusing to sign new contracts until he left.

    It’s been a difficult few months for Taylor and the Tigers in general, after the much publicised feud with Robbie Farah last year.

    The Tigers just missed out on making the finals in 2016 and are languishing in last spot after three rounds of the 2017 season, having conceded 100 points.

    Current Wests Tigers assistant coach Andrew Webster will take over as interim head coach.

    Wests Tigers full statement

    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

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    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:00pm
      kk said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

      I’ll bet Sam Ayoub’s lines of communication are running hot.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:02pm
        kk said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

        Nick to Sam “When and where can we meet?”

      • March 20th 2017 @ 5:05pm
        Kramer said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

        Why Sam Ayoub? he isn’t the agent for these guys…try Isaac Moses!!!

        • March 21st 2017 @ 12:35pm
          kk said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          Thanks Kramer, my error.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:04pm
      Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      “No one in particular ” you were saying ? You need a boulder

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:57pm
        no one in particular said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

        You need a clue, and some facts

      • March 20th 2017 @ 1:52pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

        No one, I gave you the heads up before it appeared here as a story , you smacked me down , you were 100% , check it out it’s still there ,

        • March 20th 2017 @ 3:56pm
          no one in particular said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

          Your exact words “Woods ,Teddy refuse to extend contracts if Taylor remains ”

          This is 100% false and not event close to the truth

          • March 20th 2017 @ 4:03pm
            Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:03pm | ! Report

            Wrong again get your facts straight , if anything the entire playing group don’t want him

    • Roar Guru

      March 20th 2017 @ 12:04pm
      Riley Pettigrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      I assume Craig Sandercock will takeover as caretaker, maybe even Andrew Webster. Todd Payten would be a good guy to bring in to the club.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:13pm
        KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

        I think this is a terrible decision but if Taylor is to be moved on, Payten is the man. i have heard nothing but great things about his work he does with us. Sad to see him go but personally I think it is time to take control of an NRL side.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Sydneysider said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      They were pathetic yesterday against the Raiders.

      One thing that was noticeable was the Tigers pack was much smaller than the Raiders pack of forwards.

      Apart from Aaron Woods, the rest have no size about them when compared to the Raiders.

      They need change. Taylor isn’t a great coach.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

      Cleary or Tooves are being mentioned, both available immediately

      • Roar Guru

        March 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm
        Sleiman Azizi said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

        Toovey is coaching Bradford right now.

        Doesn’t mean he isn’t available but I’d be surprised if he gets the job.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

        Yeah and he’s doing ok , I think he will return should he be offered opp ,Both Cleary or Tooves would be a major coup for the struggling Tigers , there’s potential if the coach is right

    • Roar Rookie

      March 20th 2017 @ 12:13pm
      eels47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

      I don’t understand this at all. Yes, they were very poor yesterday. But he has had 3 games without Farrah, and is fielding a team well below the salary cap, largely due to Farrah. I agree that his coaching does not seem to be up to standard, however I still think he needs the opportunity to build his team how he wants, which removing Farrah was the start of.

      If reports are true that the “big 4” will not sign with him as coach I can see some reasoning, but the tigers have a history of folding under demands of players who don’t like the coach, and look where it has got them.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:15pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

        Taylor is not coach material,simple , I’d be worried if I where Baz ,, he’s next

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:18pm
          KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

          What facts are you basing your opinion on that he can’t coach?

          • March 20th 2017 @ 1:18pm
            andrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

            The facts:
            He can’t develop players – Al these players of potential who fail to deliver
            He can’t recruit: Elijah Taylor would be the only player you could say is a reasonable recruit and he came from the Panthers NSW Cup side and would still be in that side if he were at the Panthers
            He can’t mange players: Okay the “big 4” issue is just a rumor, but he couldn’t manage Robbie Farah who appears to have no problems at Souths and he had player management issues at Souths himself
            He doesn’t get results: Ever! – whether it is coaching first grade or selling memberships at Parramatta back in the day!

            What are the facts that he can coach?

            • March 20th 2017 @ 2:24pm
              Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

              Who COULD manage Robbie Farah though?

              Not Sheens.

              Not Potter.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 3:11pm
                andrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

                Sheens won a comp with him. So he managed. He has also been coached by multiple rep coaches.

                Potter has coached four clubs and has a better than 50% winning record at one of them –
                St Helens. I would have a better than 50% record if I coached at St Helens. So as fine a player as he was, perhaps not a superstar coach.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 3:52pm
                Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:52pm | ! Report

                You reckon 2005 Robbie Farah who’d achieved nothing in his career yet might have had a bit less of an ego then?

              • March 20th 2017 @ 4:30pm
                Soda said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

                I second that point maroon Kev. I think Robbie’s biggest issue was he succumbed to his own hype. I mean he was great early on and I suspect a lot easier to coach. Robbie, perhaps too clever for his own good, became a monster, and shy of Bellyache or Bennett, I don’t think any of the other coaches could have controlled him at that time.

            • Roar Guru

              March 20th 2017 @ 9:18pm
              Renegade said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

              Spot on maroon Kev.

              • March 21st 2017 @ 9:25am
                andrew said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

                So Robbie Farah is hard to people manage (according to many who have never met the guy apparently), fine, lets assume that. So because Robbie is a villain, does that make Taylor a hero? Can’t Robbie be hard to manage and Taylor be incompetent?

              • March 21st 2017 @ 8:30pm
                Jacko said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:30pm | ! Report

                Taylor was and is incompetent.

          • March 21st 2017 @ 9:13am
            Chook said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

            poor people skills which is nearly everything when you are talking about an NRL coach. If your skills are any less than excellent you will have serious problems. Something Michael Maguire has apparently discovered and is trying to rectify

      • Roar Guru

        March 20th 2017 @ 12:19pm
        Paul D said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        If the rumour the spine are refusing to sign new contracts until he goes I don’t see how it leaves the Tigers with any room to move. Ultimately Taylor is easier to replace than two halves, a fullback and your representative captain.

        I don’t think it will be a great setback if Taylor leaves either. Not exactly Wayne Bennett.

        Agree that player power is a bit unsavoury but in this situation I think it’s somewhat warranted. They stuck by Taylor all through the stoush with Farah and now players are still unhappy with him. At some point you need to look at his history and realize that Taylor seems to have a knack for making players want to throw him down a flight of stairs.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm
          KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          Paul D I understand what you are saying but Sheen, Potter and now Taylor all removed by “player power”. You can not run a successful club like this.

          • Roar Guru

            March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm
            Paul D said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

            Different players though in each instance demanding removal for different reasons. There’s an argument it’s cultural but I don’t think Taylor is the cure. They need to do their due diligence and get the right man for the job, someone with excellent people skills and give him the tactical support he needs to instill confidence in the gameplan.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm
              KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

              I get the point you are trying to make mate but to me, a team will forever be stuck in a cycle of hire a coach, give him two years then sack him. We are three games into the season. Three games!!!! They played two teams that are tipped to go the big dance.

              The cowboys are very close to being 0-3. Should we have sacked Coach Green if we were 0-3?

              • Roar Guru

                March 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm
                Paul D said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

                No – because Thurston, Ponga and Matt Scott aren’t all threatening to walk out if he’s not axed.

                I think we broadly agree that this is a bit unsavoury and not ideal but I think from a pragmatic point of view the Tigers are making the right call. Sack Taylor and then draw a line in the sand with the players and say enough is enough. If the club gets the right man for the job it won’t be an issue.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 3:12pm
                Fish said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

                Remember he had the same issue at Parramatta.

                Players refusing to sign on if he remained. He was always a caustic personality when he was a player, perhaps his inability to communicate effectively to prima donna’s has become his downfall…….Again!

              • March 20th 2017 @ 4:07pm
                mushi said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

                But didn’t they draw that line before?

                Why would the “right” man take the job when he’s subordinate to the players.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 1:08pm
              Matt said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

              Paul most coaches would have done their due diligence and realised that the big 4 at the Tigers aren’t really that good. Couple that with a very poor roster and no coach will want to risk their reputation on the club. An established coach won’t make the move, only an assistant coach wanting a go will put their hand up. Here’s what will happen.

              1. Sack Taylor and appoint an interim coach.
              2. Player’s realise that they have to take responsibility for their actions now and have a dig.
              3. After another six – eight games the team’s performance has lifted.
              4. There is an announcement that the Big 4 have re-signed.
              5. New coach appointed.
              6. Miss the eight, but encouraging signs with right coach they will be a force.
              7. Lose games early in 2018.
              8. Reports about new coach losing the dressing room.
              9. New coach survives 2018.
              10. 2019 new coach is sacked.

              Repeat steps 1 – 10 again.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 1:38pm
                KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

                A Woods being a great prop is the biggest myth in the NRL. The other three I keep and work with.

              • Roar Guru

                March 20th 2017 @ 1:42pm
                Paul D said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

                Maybe – quite possibly actually. But Taylor is not the man for the club to stand on principle and die in a ditch over. There are better people out there who could at least keep the group pulling together even if they’re not performing as well as they would like on the field. Have to wait and see I guess and trust to hope.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 1:46pm
                Matt said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

                You are right King. Woods is a myth. Tedesco is worth re-signing. But not on the 1.4 million that is being bandied about. Likewise with Brooks and Moses. They aren’t worth 600,000 let alone the ridiculous amount they want. They and their manager have a very over inflated opinion of themselves. At least J Reynolds has a dig. He might not be much of a ball player, but you know he is doing his best to win the game. Brooks and Moses at best could be called disinterested in their last games.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:24pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

        Look at his stats , look at the fact he has been belted by 2 players at separate clubs , just look at him , he can’t coach , can kick goals , was a garbage half , but can kick goals

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:27pm
          KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

          replaced Brian Smith at the Eels, took them the finals. First coach in how many years to take Souths to the finals? Improved tigers 15 to 9th last year. Facts show that he can coach.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:43pm
          Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

          King cowboy those are good stats , but the main stat is his troops hate him ,so much so they have whacked him

          • March 20th 2017 @ 12:47pm
            KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

            Yer i suppose you are right. I’m still a little sandy after losing to your boys on Saturday night. Stupid Sea Eagles, ha ha.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:55pm
          Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

          Mate was a good effort , I’d be more impressed if we back it up this week , it’s like when they say “a loss we had to have “

          • March 20th 2017 @ 1:06pm
            St Adam said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

            My mate is a diehard Sea Eagles fan Silvertail and even he was writing them off this year saying they might collect the wooden spoon. But given the Tigers turnaround from a week 1 victory over Souths to what they dished out over the weekend – it just shows that anything can happen within a week or two of this competition. Manly’s victory over the Cowboys might just be the shot of confidence they needed – however, as you correctly stated – will mean nothing unless they back it up this weekend and show some intent. Plus you still have both Turbo boys who I think will continue to develop into genuine superstars of the game within the next 12 months.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 20th 2017 @ 2:46pm
            JOHNY BULLDOG said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

            You won’t be winning this week mate! 🙂

        • March 20th 2017 @ 1:09pm
          Cassia said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

          Agree he is not head coach material. Better suited to assisant coach role.
          However strongly disagree that he was “a garbage half”.
          Played Origin. Was funamental in making The Bears a winning club over a 4 or 5 year period.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 5:09pm
          Kramer said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

          How many goals you kick Silvertail? your posts are getting more delusional…your a spectator mate, that is all!

          • March 20th 2017 @ 5:12pm
            Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

            This forum entitles me to my opinion, just like you can call yourself Kramer I can say what I like as long as it’s not offensive

            • Roar Guru

              March 20th 2017 @ 5:26pm
              peeeko said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

              yeah but Kramer was funny and you are a major annoyance

              • March 20th 2017 @ 5:39pm
                Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:39pm | ! Report

                there’s your problem , it’s not Kramer , but I won’t let that get in your way , sorry if I annoy you , and thanks for letting me know , I address it just for you ok ,

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