Former Wigan coach Maguire set to depart Souths

Former Wigan Warriors head coach Michael Maguire looks set to leave South Sydney after six years in charge.

The Rabbitohs have been in decline since their 2014 Premiership win and despite having another year left on his contract, it seems Maguire’s time at the club has come to an end.

Rumours last week linked the 43-year-old with Warrington but it is believed he would prefer to stay in the NRL.

Gold Coast are currently in the process of forming a shortlist to fill their vacant head coach post and Maguire is likely to feature near the top.

The Titans sacked previous coach Neil Henry last month and are taking their time to ensure they appoint the right person to take the club forward.

Maguire’s coaching career has stumbled in the last few years after winning all three domestic honours in two seasons with Wigan.

He then guided the Rabbitohs to their first Premiership in 43 years but has been unable to build on that, with the Bunnies failing to make the finals for the past two years.

Speaking following Souths 22-16 defeat to Parramatta Eels on Friday, Fox Sports pundit Michael Ennis said: “I think that’ll be Madge’s last game there. It’s been disappointing.

“I think he’ll be able to go to another club and coach, but there have been a number of rumours going around for a few weeks.”