WESTS Tigers could be ready to appoint a new coach by the weekend, with a board meeting to discuss the final five candidates to be held tonight.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal Anthony Griffin, Nathan Brown, Jason Taylor, and current assistant coaches, David Kidwell and Todd Payten, have all been interviewed for the vacant role.
The interviews started last weekend, just days after Mick Potter was told his contract would not be renewed beyond this season.
Currently in England coaching St Helens, Brown spoke to the sub committee of the new five-person board over the telephone, while sacked Broncos coach Anthony Griffin travelled from Queensland to appear personally.
While it’s possible the board — now controlled by three NRL-appointed directors — could make a call on Thursday night, an announcement is not expected for some days until final conditions and salary are finalised.
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Both Payten and Kidwell are not contracted beyond October 31, meaning they will need to find another club should the committee prefer an external candidate. The Tigers have already lost Under 20s coach Andrew Webster to New Zealand, and have no other significant football department staff on contract.
The club is also on the lookout for a new football manager, however this person will have no influence over the new head coach.