Wests Tigers announce Michael Maguire as Head Coach



  • Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that Michael Maguire has been appointed as the club’s Head Coach.

    Under the new agreement Maguire will take on the Head Coach role for at least the next three seasons.

    Maguire, a Premiership winning Head Coach with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wigan Warriors, is currently in charge of the New Zealand Kiwis side.

    Maguire will join Wests Tigers at the end of the Kiwis’ Test Series against England.

    Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go welcomed Maguire to the club.


    “On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers I’d like to welcome Michael to the club,” said Go. "Michael has had success at the highest level and we look forward to having him as a part of Wests Tigers for at least the coming three seasons.

    “I’d like to thank our stakeholders and Members for their patience during this process,” she said. “This was a situation not of our making but I’m proud of the professional manner that the club has conducted itself and I believe we’re now in a very strong position to move forward over the coming years.”


    Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that he looked forward to having Maguire join the club in the coming weeks.

    “Michael is an impressive individual and I look forward to working closely with him over the coming years,” said Pascoe. "In all of our discussions he’s been professional and has a clear understanding of where we want to take this club and I’m sure that he’s the person to lead us to future success both on and off the field.

    “Michael has taken sides to Premierships both in Australia and overseas and I look forward to seeing him take our playing squad to the next level,” he said.


    Maguire said he was looking forward to joining Wests Tigers in the coming weeks.

    “The biggest appeal in taking on this role is being able to work with the leadership that has been built on and off the field at Wests Tigers,” said Maguire. "It’s one of the biggest clubs in the NRL and I want to take it to long-term success.

    “There’s a really good mix of experience within the squad along with a group of exciting young players coming through,” he said. "Wests Tigers also provides a great opportunity to build pathways for the talented juniors; I really enjoy bringing through home-grown talent and there is plenty of talent in the Wests Tigers area.

    “I plan on building on the strong foundation that has been put in place and work closely with the players’ leadership group to build a stronger organisation on and off the field,” said Maguire. "I’ll also continually share my experiences of what I’ve been a part of and implemented that has taken clubs to success.

    “I want this club to be viewed as a long-term successful club that everyone wants to be a part of and this will involve staff, players, families, Members and supporters,” he said.

    Maguire will continue in his role with the New Zealand Kiwis alongside his position at Wests Tigers.

    https://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2018/10/28/wests-tigers-announce-michael-maguire-as-head-coach



  • I have been impressed with the way the club has handled this situation, this could of turned out very ugly for the club moving forward . I eat humble pie with my past comments Re Pascoe he has shown to be more than a competent CEO with his efforts in this matter. The club from the board to the front office seem to have all under control what a change from the past .
    Welcome Coach Mcguire to our club !



  • The great thing about this change is that Maguire owes nobody.

    Counselling sessions will be replaced by sweat and grind, Packer will rediscover his hard edge and Tom Mikaele will excel.



  • Welcome to the jungle, Madge 🐯



  • “The biggest appeal in taking on this role is being able to work with the leadership that has been built on and off the field at Wests Tigers,” said Maguire. “It’s one of the biggest clubs in the NRL and I want to take it to long-term success.”

    🙏



  • I hope Madge stays for his full tenure and more.
    A coach needs at least 3 years for his plans to play out. How long has it been since we’ve had a coach for longer than 3 years?



  • at least it’s all officially done and dusted now



  • @:

    I hope Madge stays for his full tenure and more.
    A coach needs at least 3 years for his plans to play out. How long has it been since we’ve had a coach for longer than 3 years?

    Yep, although this time the club was not at fault, they were just caught in the middle of tsunami Gus, hope that continues to wreak havoc out penrith way now it’s past through here


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    This is about Maguire and Wests Tigers tho…lets leave Penriff and their scuminess out of it…

    Welcome Madge wish you every success in the World…right behind you…



  • Here’s hoping he brings a player or 2 and is a motivator for our Kiwi contingent too!!



  • @:

    I have been impressed with the way the club has handled this situation, this could of turned out very ugly for the club moving forward . I eat humble pie with my past comments Re Pascoe he has shown to be more than a competent CEO with his efforts in this matter. The club from the board to the front office seem to have all under control what a change from the past .
    Welcome Coach Mcguire to our club !

    Great post Snake. We all post emotionally and it’s good to read posters admit it when they get it wrong. (I’ve got it wrong many times).

    I emailed Pascoe a while ago and he guaranteed me he was here for the long haul - hope that’s true because he is a good operator.



  • I am very pleased this has worked out as well as it has. I am more than prepared to give Maguire all my support as I have other coaches and players until they prove they no longer deserve it. Welcome Madge - let’s rip in!



  • Glad this has been announced now we can all get in with this coming season and not worry about all the rumour and speculation

    Go the Tigers in 2019
    Let’s improve on 2018



  • I was a longtime suffering Bunnies fan that became a Tigers member about an hour after Michael Maguire signed on as Head Coach of the Wests Tigers.

    2014 was such a bittersweet year for me as I went through severe personal loss and it got to the point where I felt so empty that I couldn’t truly enjoy and celebrate the Bunnies victory but what Madge did for the club to get them to 21 premierships was magical, absolutely magical.

    On a personal growth once I overcame what I went through the climb back was special as I knew Souths had won the premiership and i could truly draw in what had happened and how much of an effort it was for the Coach to turn around a dud side into a premiership force starting with three consecutive Top 4 Finishes.

    I don’t know Madge at all personally but he gave me hope not only as a Souths fan but giving me that focus to continue on and better my situation and begin a growth mindset - I am so damn thankful for premiership #21.

    Every day is a new learning curve and it feels good to be part of something different and something that will grow and evolve.

    I’ve got a cousin who follows the Tigers and a mate of mine recently passed from cancer who was die-hard black and orange.

    It just felt right to come and be a part of the Tigers all things considering.

    You’re all on a winner under Madge - Mark my words.


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    welcome tiger rabbit, as you will be aware there are fanatics on both forums who expect one to swear on the Bible of loyalty to one team only but don’t be concerned about them. But I am glad you found someone to follow and with good reason. Nothing like enjoying sport to take one’s mind off things.


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