Maguire safe pending Tigers NRL review

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Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis says coach Michael Maguire's job is safe pending football boss Tim Sheens's mid-season report on the struggling NRL club.

The Tigers' 44-18 capitulation to South Sydney - their ninth loss of the season - appeared to sound a death knell for Maguire.

They beat the Rabbitohs by a point in round seven but have only managed one win since, against cellar dwellers Canterbury, to sit 15th on the ladder.

It continues a backwards slide since Maguire's first year in charge in 2019 when they finished ninth.

Hagipantelis said Sheens was conducting a review of the first half of the season and changes could follow that.

"As director of football Tim Sheens's responsibility is to oversee all the operations within the football department ... we put a lot of stock in Tim and that's why we brought him back," told SEN radio.

"He's just found an opportune time at the middle of the year, at this two-week hiatus, where he can just do a little health check.

"Have a look at where we are sitting and why we are three from 12 ... what do we need to do to improve and what changes may or may not need to be made.

"He will come back to the board at the appropriate time with some recommendations and he will let us know what, if anything, needs to be done to ensure this club gets back on track."

Hagipantelis dismissed rumours that Maguire had already coached his last game, with the Tigers on a bye week.

"As of today, 31st of May 2022, Michael Maguire is the contracted coach of the Wests Tigers - there is nothing before me to indicate that that is going to change.

"At the moment, we are somewhat disappointed where we sit on the table and do we need to make some changes? I suspect we do.

"We'll just leave it to the great man (Sheens) to come back and report to us and we'll see what he comes back with."

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