Former Wigan Warriors head coach Michael Maguire could soon be out of a job, with the rumour mill going into overdrive that he set to lose his position as head coach of Wests Tigers following a dismal run of form.
The Tigers went down 38-0 to bottom side Canterbury Bulldogs at the weekend – the highest ever score conceded by any NRL side against the club at the bottom of the ladder.
That appears to have been the final nail in Maguire’s coffin at Wests, with the club missing out on a finals spot once more.
Penrith’s assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo is considered by many within the game as the best young mentor without a head coaching job, and his achievements at the Panthers suggest he would be high on the Tigers’ list of targets – Penrith have had the best defence in the NRL for the past two seasons.
The Sydney Morning Herald already reported that Maguire was unhappy with how the club went about appointing Tim Sheens without consulting the former Wigan boss.
But, results on the field have been disastrous for some time and the Tigers boast the second-worst defence in the league, so there is little surprise that this seems to be the end of a three-year reign.
Maguire won a Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final in his time at Wigan, setting the ball rolling for Shaun Wane’s success during the 2010s.