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 @ 12:25pm
      Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

      On a somber note ,, Mr Bean has passed ,,,, sad day

      • Roar Guru

        March 20th 2017 @ 12:27pm
        Paul D said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

        Fake news. Old hoax resurrected.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

        Hope so , thanks

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm
      uglykiwi said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      Robbie Farah will be named captain/coach in the next 10 minutes!!!

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:41pm
        Kevin said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

        With Alan Jones in a mentor role

      • March 20th 2017 @ 6:57pm
        Jacko said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

        he couldnt do any worse

    • Roar Guru

      March 20th 2017 @ 12:31pm
      Will Sinclair said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

      So… End of 2016 the Tigers decide that Jason Taylor is the man for 2017, so keep him in charge.

      The Tigers spend all off-season training under Taylor, working on his systems, getting ready for the new season.

      Then, three games into the year suddenly he isn’t the right man, and we need someone new?

      Why not make this decision last year? What a waste of time.

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

        These are good points. As a Raiders fan I almost felt sorry for the Tigers yesterday. I say almost as the Tigers have inflicted quite a number of painful defeats on the raiders over the years.

        As for Taylor I do feel a bit sorry for him. The roster he has is just not that good. As for the halves well they just can’t defend that well. It is hard to have two halves who are defensively weak. You can sort of cover for one but not two.

        If they sack Taylor they will probably bounce back as a regression to the mean effect but it will be spurious. Until they get some better forwards and some better outside backs they will struggle. When you look at their roster with a cold set of eyes they probably over achieved last year.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 4:50pm
          Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

          Know where you are coming from Sham. I too remember all those times that Benji carved us up. I think he only lost to us once in about 15 games. Must admit when the names of the Tigers were being read out at the start of the match I was struggling to picture who half a dozen of them were. The halves have some talent but they are such a liability in defence.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 1:32pm
        Art Vanderlay said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

        So were the Tigers board just using Taylor to get rid of Farah and have (relatively) clean hands?

      • March 20th 2017 @ 3:01pm
        Brian S said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

        Exactly what i was thinking, i really thought the writing was on the wall last year & that they would get rid of him then! but for some unknown reason they kept him??!

      • Roar Rookie

        March 20th 2017 @ 3:18pm
        Joe said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

        Exactly! Whole off season wasted learning structures from Taylor who is now shown the door. What a complete waste of time and training.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 4:09pm
        mushi said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

        I think an average coach with time and support will do more than a great coach looking over his shoulder.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:54pm
      jamesb said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

      I like to see the Walker brothers or Jason Demetriou get given a go.

      • Roar Guru

        March 20th 2017 @ 2:07pm
        Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

        The Walker brothers would work perfect with the Tigers pack.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm
          jamesb said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

          Problem is, in the main, NRL coaches are conservative. But I would like to see the Walker brothers get given a chance.

          • Roar Guru

            March 20th 2017 @ 3:29pm
            Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

            This is true, however Ipswich Jets still had a solid defense, in fact that is what their style of play relied on. You cant be giving your opposition good field position half the time without being confident of your defense.

            They also relied on holding the ball as much as possible, so time in posession, not through pressure.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 5:29pm
              KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

              Kind of forgot about those boys. I agree, give them a go.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 2:21pm
        kk said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

        Interesting observation, jamesb.

        Wayne Bennett’s signing of Jason Demetriou at the Broncos was the biggest leg up a future
        coaching aspirant could wish for. I reckon he will stay put having regard to WB’s age.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 2:52pm
          jamesb said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

          Demetriou has been fantastic at state levels. With Nothern Pride, he achieved back to back minor premierships, won the Qld Cup GF in 2014 and won the state championship game,which is played before the NRL GF.

          And last year, he coached the Illawarra Cutters to a NSW Cup premiership and the state championship. He has the runs on the board.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 10:15pm
          TigerMike said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:15pm | ! Report

          You meant to say..
          of Benji Marshall

    • March 20th 2017 @ 12:56pm
      Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      Walker bros would suit tigers big time , they move the ball and play there own brand of footy which il say when there on is very entertaining

    • March 20th 2017 @ 1:01pm
      no one in particular said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      Don’t tell me the guy with the 48% coaching record is going to take over.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 1:41pm
        Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

        100% ha ha ha

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