7th Tackle: Madge has a bet both ways

Josh Massoud and Liam Cox

It's now become more obvious why Michael Maguire refused to tear a hamstring in pursuit of the vacant Gold Coast Titans coaching gig.

He's got his sights set on the much more illustrious job at the Bulldogs, which would also allow his family to stay in Sydney.

But Maguire isn't narrowing his options completely. Despite talking down a move back to the UK when approached by us shortly before his sacking, the former Rabbitohs coach has been in talks with Super League powerhouse Warrington.

Where to next for Maguire? Image: Getty

Our spies reckon he met with the club's CEO Karl Fitzpatrick at least once over the past week.

As we revealed last week, Fitzpatrick has been Down Under interviewing Aussie candidates for the Northern Hemisphere's best-paid coaching role.


Another Bulldogs hopeful, Dean Pay, was among the first to be interviewed a week ago. By all accounts, he was impressive.

Penrith assistants Cameron Ciraldo and Garth Brennan, Cowboys assistant Todd Payten, and former Dragons coach Steve Price were also interviewed.