Second NRL coach sacked in wild 'merry-go-round' chaos

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire (pictured) at a press conference.
The Wests Tigers have departed ways with coach Michael Maguire (pictured). (Getty Images)

The West Tigers have called an end to coach Michael Maguire's role as head coach after more than three years following a wild day in the NRL world.

Only hours after the Warriors departed ways with coach Nathan Brown, Maguire was the second head coach to leave a club.

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Former NSW halfback Brett Kimmorley will take over the struggling Tigers for the remainder of the season.

Maguire's exit comes after he only narrowly held onto the job at the end of last season.

A second review in the space of nine months was enough to end his tenure, with the club now on the look out for a full-time replacement.

And Maguire's exit comes on the same day Nathan Brown was moved on from his job as Warriors coach.

"Wests Tigers sincerely thanks Michael for all his hard work and effort over the past three and a half years," the club said in a statement.

Maguire was spotted at the Tigers' Concord headquarters on Tuesday, with players fronting the media unaware of the chaos that was about to ensue.

Nathan Brown departs from the Warriors

Brown was sacked by the Warriors on Tuesday morning after he declared he would not be willing to join the team when they return to New Zealand next season, having been based in Queensland during pandemic-enforced border closures.

New Zealand great Stacey Jones has been appointed on an interim basis, as the Auckland-based club start their search for a full-time replacement.

Brown had been contracted at the Warriors until the end of next year, but had already told officials he did not want to move back to New Zealand long-term and could not commit beyond that.

NRL coach Nathan Brown (pictured) during a post match interview.
NRL coach Nathan Brown (pictured) departed ways with the Warriors. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The wild NRL day prompted Triple M Mark Geyer to sarcastically encourage listeners to watch out for the 'latest episode of the coaching merry-go-round', which he went on to describe as 'total bull***t'.

Geyer predicted the same handful of names would be associated with each job, pointing the finger at clubs chasing quick success as opposed to allowing coaches time to bed themselves in and establish a culture.

“Today we’re going to hear that Paul Green, Shane Flanagan, Kristian Woolf, maybe Cameron Ciraldo are going to be linked to all of these clubs. It’s so detrimental," Geyer said.

“It’s going to take a coach a good two or three years to do something with these teams that are floundering."

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