Wests Tigers board say they back coach Jason Taylor regardless of results on the field
March 12, 2016 12:00am
WESTS Tigers chief Justin Pascoe has given the greatest indication yet that besieged coach Jason Taylor is safe from the NRL chopping block.
Ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Manly at Leichardt Oval, Pascoe declared for the first time since taking over as CEO last year that Taylor had the full support of he and the entire Wests Tigers board.
Pascoe added that the club were committed to providing unprecedented support around Taylor and the football department with the 45-year-old set to remain at the helm of the joint-venture this season.
Pascoe’s backing comes following an off-season overtaken by controversy surrounding Taylor’s relationship with former captain Robbie Farah.
Slated ahead of the NRL opening round alongside New Zealand Warriors coach Andrew McFadden as one of the first coaches to be sacked this year, Taylor now appears safe given Pascoe’s comments and focus on providing long-awaited stability throughout the entire club.
“The whole club is operating with unity - that’s something that wasn’t happening previously,’’ Pascoe told The Sunday Telegraph.
“One of the major factors behind that is a very progressive and unified board and a new management operating with clarity.
“We now have a revamped football department and structure all aimed at offering more support to Jason to do his job than ever before.
“Every single person in this organisation including the coach has my and the boards full support and we are very diligently working towards winning back the trust of all our stakeholders.
“As a club, we recognise that happens through hard work and as a whole group we are striving together to achieve this.’’
Pascoe pointed towards the appointment of Mark O’Neill in the newly created role of General Manager of football, Tayor’s appointment of his own staff including assistant coach from Newcastle Craig Sandercock and the involvement of Shane McCrurry, a consultant and conduit to the players, as evidence of the club’s plan to cultivate success in the short and long-term.
“From the board all the way down to the receptionist, to all the playing group, there’s a far clearer direction,’’ Pascoe said.
“The playing group are a huge part of that, they have had input into that and have bought into our values and vision -including recognising how important community and fan engagement is.
Pascoe’s ‘unified’ strategy echoes the comments of Taylor, who after beating the New Zealand Warriors in round one said that he wasn’t “worried” about the ongoing speculation about his coaching future.
“Because I know that it doesn’t affect the people that are in charge of our club,’’ Taylor said.
“We keep making really strong decisions in that regard, Justin Pascoe and I have formed a really great relationship and now Mark O’Neill is going to come on board and I’m really looking forward to that.
“Those people allow me to just get on with coaching the team.’’