Potter Gone - Contract Not renewed! Official!

Wests Tigers has made the decision not to renew the contract of Head Coach Mick Potter.

Wests Tigers Board and management would like to thank Mick Potter for the professional manner in which he has conducted himself as Head Coach for the past two years. The Club acknowledges that this was often under difficult circumstances.

This has been a difficult decision for everyone involved but one that the Club believes is in the best interests of a successful future for Wests Tigers. Clearly there will be many disappointed fans as, to his credit, Mick has developed a strong following here. However, we ask that you trust that we have made this decision in the interests of a stronger, unified club, following a rigorous and fair process.

Mick Potter had been given three opportunities over the past six weeks to address the Board and present his vision and plan for Wests Tigers going forward. Taking this into account, the Wests Tigers Board and management agree that a fresh approach is needed and the Club will immediately begin a process to identify leading candidates for the role.

The newly appointed Head Coach will be given complete control over the appointment of all key football staff and his playing roster.

The Board and management of Wests Tigers would like to thank Mick Potter for his work over the past two years, and for the professional manner which he has conducted himself.

Wests Tigers are undergoing concurrent recruitment processes for two positions, General Manager of Football Operations and now NRL Head Coach. We have been impressed with a number of outstanding candidates for the General Manager of Football Operations position and this role, along with the Board and CEO, will guide Wests Tigers into the future.

The Club plans to have in place a new Head Coach no later than October 27, ahead of the start of the pre-season on November 3.

Grant Mayer, CEO.

I knew it was always on the cards, still disappointed though.

I particularly like this line:

“The newly appointed Head Coach will be given complete control over the appointment of all key football staff and his playing roster.”

So basically, the new coach will be a head coach, unlike Mick Potter.

You stay classy Wests Tigers.

@hybrid_tiger:

I particularly like this line:

“The newly appointed Head Coach will be given complete control over the appointment of all key football staff and his playing roster.”

So basically, the new coach will be a head coach, unlike Mick Potter.

You stay classy Wests Tigers.

I like this one:

Wests Tigers Board and management agree that a fresh approach is needed

Potter was still fresh, he was there for a year and a half before all that rubbish prior to the Dragons game when it became apparent he wouldn’t be here next year.

Confirmed official by Wests Tigers

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Mick has developed a strong following here. However, we ask that you trust that we have made this decision in the interests of a stronger, unified club, following a rigorous and fair process.

PMSL…we are a joke

Mick has been well and truely shafted…

so sorry mick thanks for your effort over the last 2 years its been a tough gig but you handle it with so much dignity but as you know good guys run last in this game. all the best to you and your family good luck mr nice guy

When does Robbie select the new coach?

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Great decision.

Time to move on.

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As has been said a million times before, he simply had to go. There would be too much ongoing speculation every week as long as Potter was still around.

Does he have the support of Mayer?
Of Farah?
Of the playing group?
Of the board?

This would have been asked every week that Potter was our coach, even more if we were losing.

Regardless of his performance, which hasn’t been great, he was never going to stay. The team lacked motivation, organisation, and discipline something that other clubs with just as many injuries as us managed to handle without too many problems.

He’s a nice guy, gave his all, did fairly well, but in the end he has limitations and isn’t the person to take this club to the next level. And so we all move on.

@Geo.:

Mick has developed a strong following here. However, we ask that you trust that we have made this decision in the interests of a stronger, unified club, following a rigorous and fair process.

PMSL…we are a joke

And that process would be?
Mayer saying cut him because they didn’t get along?
Brian Smith saying cut him because he needs a job?

@Balmain Boy:

As has been said a million times before, he simply had to go. There would be too much ongoing speculation every week as long as Potter was still around.

Does he have the support of Mayer?
Of Farah?
Of the playing group?
Of the board?

This would have been asked every week that Potter was our coach, even more if we were losing.

Regardless of his performance, which hasn’t been great, he was never going to stay. The team lacked motivation, organisation, and discipline something that other clubs with just as many injuries as us managed to handle without too many problems.

He’s a nice guy, gave his all, did fairly well, but in the end he has limitations and isn’t the person to take this club to the next level. And so we all move on.

Yep. But his fan boys will never get this.

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On the contrary, I do get it. How much longer do we allow the playing group to select the coach? I knew it was coming, I felt he deserved better especially given the club has confirmed that he never had control over his staff appointments.

Thanks and all the best Mick.

He was hobbled from day 1.

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