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<big>Penrith Panthers boss Justin Pascoe emerging as front-runner to become Wests Tigers chief executive</big>

Michael Carayannis
August 31, 2015 - 10:00PM

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/wests-tigers/penrith-panthers-boss-justin-pascoe-emerging-as-frontrunner-to-become-wests-tigers-chief-executive-20150831-gjbqnq.html


Penrith Panthers chief executive Justin Pascoe has emerged as the frontrunner to take over as boss of the embattled Wests Tigers.

Fairfax Media understands the Tigers are closing in on a decision which could be announced as early as this week. It is understood Pascoe and the Tigers are putting the finishing touches on the finer details of the agreement before both parties can make a final decision.

Pascoe was one of five people interviewed by the Tigers board last week and made the shortlist of two candidates after the club received about 160 applications. It is understood the other person under consideration is from outside rugby league but has a sports background. Former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell was not among the candidates.

The Tigers have been without a full-time chief executive since Grant Mayer resigned in June. The club’s general manager of football Phil Moss has been the club’s interim boss since Mayer’s departure after two years in the role. Moss was interviewed for the full-time role.

Tigers chairwoman Marina Go was non-committal about who was in contention for the position. “There has been lots of speculation about who the club will appoint as chief executive,” Go said. “There was a choice from a number of high-calibre candidates. We look forward to making a decision soon.”

Pascoe is chief executive of the Panthers NRL team. He was appointed last August and has worked with the club’s general manager of football Phil Gould and Panthers group chief executive Warren Wilson. Pascoe spent a week at Harvard University earlier this year on a fact-finding mission to help develop the club’s brand.

Pascoe was the chief commercial officer at the Panthers before he was appointed chief executive. During his tour of the US, Pascoe was also taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park.

He worked as general manager of strategy and sales at the Western Bulldogs and spent time working in Los Angeles. It is hoped the new chief executive will start when the
Tigers return to pre-season training in November.

The announcement of a new boss could not come at a better time for the Tigers who have been engulfed by off-field dramas in recent weeks. One of the first situations the incoming chief executive would need to manage is Robbie Farah’s contract.

While coach Jason Taylor has given Farah permission to negotiate with rival clubs at the end of the season, it remains to be seen if Farah will depart the club. Farah has two years remaining on his contract, meaning the new chief executive may be forced to mend the relationship between Taylor and Farah should both front up for pre-season training.

Farah’s manager Sam Ayoub, asked about the possibility of Farah staying put at Concord, told AAP: “To be honest, that’s a question you’d have to ask the Tigers. He’s got a contract and as far as we’re concerned, he’s there.”

The Tigers are coming off a rousing 50-16 triumph over the Warriors at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. After a tumultuous week, Farah could hardly have sent a stronger message to club management with a try and the last hand in three others.

They can ensure they avoid the dreaded wooden spoon if they beat St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.


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Penrith have been doing all the right things off the field for the last 2 or 3 yrs, so i wouldn’t object to anyone from their club making the switch to us.

It looks like its business as usual for the club. The circus can go on without them.

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

Yes that is on the field, off the field they are now one of the wealthiest clubs and are able to sign decent players. Merrin will be heading their way next year and they had a tough run with injuries this year, Moylan and Soward both missed the majority of the season.

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

Wests Tigers are so fortunate that they did not have anywhere at all the number of injuries as Penrith has had this season.

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

It’s a good point, but when you think about it, the clubs are similar:

Large geographical area
Large numbers of juniors
Support from a large leagues club
Reginal club characteristics (Penrith is a regional club rather than a Sydney based club, Wests have Campbelltown).

He was appointed CEO of the Panthers NRL team just one year ago and is looking for a new job already?

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

A bit harsh there. They have 15 players in their squad sitting on the sidelines.

@Tbone:

He was appointed CEO of the Panthers NRL team just one year ago and is looking for a new job already?

A Year is a long time when you are working for Gus I imagine

@GNR4LIFE:

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

A bit harsh there. They have 15 players in their squad sitting on the sidelines.

We had that under Potter, didnt stop people saying it about us.

I dont know this guy that well but i do know Gould. he seems unhappy with how Penrith are going and a little too willing to get rid of guys ie Moss and now Pascoe.

Add the rumour that Cleary is on the outer and this picking up of Penrith rejects by our board is a concern. Its like when we used to sign all their average bench players and announce them as great signings.Thats never worked too well.

Sorry he could be a great CEO i just have little faith in this board to make the right decision, their track record isnt that flash.

We have Moss and Taylor on our books to look after the football operations,the new CEO although responsible for the overall running of the club,his main focus will be to generate bigger and better revenue streams for the club. This guy seems to be pretty smart,but like others, why is he leaving the Penny’s after such a short stint??

Anyway we need a new man asap, Taylor can not be our go to man with media every time we have drama because at present it is not working and our brand name is taking a hit

Hopefully the best applicant is signed from outside of the club we dont need another token balmain/magpie person

@Eddie:

Are we do infatuated with Penrith’s model?

Ok they did well last year after 2 years of rebuilding.

Now they look like winning the spoon and have players like Soward, Wallace and Idris that are out of form and favour.

Injuries have derailed there season thats why they are battling for the spoon. They have 6 starters injured

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