Elijah Taylor tips Ivan Cleary to return as NRL coach soon



  • WESTS Tigers forward Elijah Taylor shakes his head at the fact Ivan Cleary is still without a head coaching job more than a year after being sacked by Penrith.

    Cleary’s name continues to be among the first mentioned for the next job that come on the market.

    Ironically it could be Taylor’s new coach at the Wests Tigers who feels the most heat. Taylor, Paul McGregor and Des Hasler are all off contract at season’s end.

    Cleary has made no secret of the fact he wants to get back into fulltime coaching even though he works as a consultant to the NRL to assist referees and the match review committee.

    Elijah Taylor, who will line up in Friday night’s Campbelltown trial against North Queensland, now has his own career back on track, where the 26-year-old former Kiwi international said he has “loved” playing under Jason Taylor.

    He also opened up on how Cleary helped him through his own crisis at the Panthers.

    “Oh man, he is a great coach,” Taylor said, when reminded Cleary was still hunting a job.

    “It is a tough sport we are in. It is unforgiving. People are very fickle.

    “You are Dally M coach one year and next year you are fired.”

    Cleary coached Taylor at the Warriors and was responsible for bringing him to the Panthers with a view to one day making him captain.

    But Cleary’s shock axing to make way for Anthony Griffin ultimately led to Taylor’s own demise.

    “If you asked me in 2015 would I leave the Panthers I would have said there is no way,” Taylor said. “I loved the club.

    “I still love all the boys. A change of coach, a change of opinion, they wanted their lock to be more of a prop kind of role. Aggressive carries, big metres.

    “You are Dally M coach one year and next year you are fired.”

    Cleary coached Taylor at the Warriors and was responsible for bringing him to the Panthers with a view to one day making him captain.

    But Cleary’s shock axing to make way for Anthony Griffin ultimately led to Taylor’s own demise.

    “If you asked me in 2015 would I leave the Panthers I would have said there is no way,” Taylor said. “I loved the club.

    “I still love all the boys. A change of coach, a change of opinion, they wanted their lock to be more of a prop kind of role. Aggressive carries, big metres.

    “I was the next one to go and after me it was Chicko (James Segeyaro) and Sowie (Jamie Soward). There obviously was a plan to get rid of people that Ivan brought. But that is footy. I couldn’t control that.”

    Taylor said he had rediscovered his worth playing under Jason Taylor. He labelled the way the coach had changed focus during pre-season training to game specific drills “an eye opener”.

    “It has been refreshing to get that opportunity to work on skills and what you want to build on your game. I am not used to doing that during pre-season. Still getting flogged, but in a more specific way. It is smarter.”

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/tigers/wests-tigers-forward-elijah-taylor-tips-ivan-cleary-to-return-as-nrl-coach-soon/news-story/d1c0597e8c0f94e74f995f07c35a2d4d


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    I think Elijah has a stutter…



  • @Geo.:

    I think Elijah has a stutter…

    No he was in the Batcave stupid



  • Awfully big wraps on a rival club and especially , another Coach, just before the start of a season.
    I wonder how that will go over on any insecure egos ?
    At least we know that at least there’ will be one player happy if Cleary ends up here.



  • If we do end up sacking Taylor, hopefully we do it before Cleary goes to another club. He’s the best coach on the market in my opinion.


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    @goldcoast tiger:

    Awfully big wraps on a rival club and especially , another Coach, just before the start of a season.
    I wonder how that will go over on any insecure egos ?
    At least we know that at least there’ will be one player happy if Cleary ends up here.

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    Elijah Taylor, who will line up in Friday night’s Campbelltown trial against North Queensland, now has his own career back on track, where the 26-year-old former Kiwi international said he has “loved” playing under Jason Taylor.

    Taylor said he had rediscovered his worth playing under Jason Taylor. He labelled the way the coach had changed focus during pre-season training to game specific drills “an eye opener”.

    “It has been refreshing to get that opportunity to work on skills and what you want to build on your game. I am not used to doing that during pre-season. Still getting flogged, but in a more specific way. It is smarter.”

    He’ll be OK I reckon…



  • Who would you prefer as coach?, St Merge are confident in obtaining Des Hasler, I think that if Ivan is available then we would be remiss not to gain his signature, would bring more to the table than JT.


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