@Fade To Black:
Blair should probably should be in hock to WT for non-performance truth be known. James Hooper is hands down the biggest knobber in media, dribbling fool.
Allegedly Hooper is a Tigers fan
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Sheens quits as Kangaroos coach
05:37 AEST Sat Oct 3 2015
Tim Sheens has resigned as Australia’s national coach to take over as full-time director of rugby with English Super League club Salford.
Sheens guided Australia to victory at the 2013 World Cup, but the 64-year-old has spent the past two months working at Salford on a short-term advisory basis at the invitation of owner Marwan Koukash, and has now decided to make the role permanent.
The former Canberra, Wests Tigers and North Queensland boss agreed a three-year contract.
“Now we’ve survived successfully in Super League, I’ve had a good talk with the family and to Marwan,” Sheens said.
"He offered me a three-year deal and we’ve accepted it.
“So I’ve resigned from the Australian group and I’ll be ready to start in November.”
Sheens could not stop Salford finishing in the Super League’s bottom four this season, but after head coach Iestyn Harris left he assisted Ian Watson as they secured a top-flight place for next term by finishing third in the qualifiers.
He had been in charge of Australia since 2008 when he succeeded Ricky Stuart after their shock World Cup final defeat to New Zealand, and guided them to 26 wins in his 31 matches.
However, Sheens was not expected to be re-appointed in November after they lost three consecutive Tests to the Kiwis and with it the world No.1 ranking.
Sheens has announced that Watson, who has been acting head coach since the departure of Harris two months ago, will remain in charge of the team, with assistance from Martin Gleeson and Garreth Carvell.
“It is a move in a slightly different direction for me,” Sheens said.
"I will be involved in the coaching, but I’m not the senior coach, that will be Watto and I will be assisting him.
"He’s done a great job in the Middle 8s and he should take all the credit for the club surviving in Super League.
“I’ll be a sounding board for him and help him where I can.”
Was that so hard…
Odds on to be punted before his 3 year contract expires!
The bloodletting continues at Wests Tigers after the club parted company with National Youth Competition coach Brett Kimmorley.
Kimmorley is part of an exodus that includes NSW Cup coach Paul Fletcher, assistant coach Matt Cameron at least a dozen players in biggest clean-out in the joint-venture club’s history. Kimmorley, who played 22 Tests for Australia (including two Super League internationals) and made 10 appearances for the Blues, was considered the ideal tutor to the promising youngsters coming through the ranks. However, he lasted just one season and was a notable absentee at the Tigers’ annual grand final luncheon, opting to instead attend a reunion of Newcastle’s 1995 NSW reserve grade side.
Gone: Coaching staff member Brett Kimmorley has joined the exodus from the Wests Tigers.
Gone: Coaching staff member Brett Kimmorley has joined the exodus from the Wests Tigers. Photo: Alicia Sylvester
Head coach Jason Taylor is set to appoint his former Parramatta teammate Paul Stringer into one of the roles, but there is yet to be an announcement on next year’s captain following the stand-off with Robbie Farah.
The Tigers are turning over a large percentage of their playing roster, with departees including Keith Galloway, Pat Richards, Matthew Lodge, Keith Lulia, Joel Luani, Kurtis Rowe, Sitaleki Akauola, Brendan Santi, Te Maire Martin, Shannon McDonnell and Jack Buchanan. Several other contracted players, including centre Chris Lawrence, have been told they are free to negotiate with other clubs.
But the most controversial omission from next year’s NRL squad is Farah, who has been told he will be playing reserve grade if he isn’t able to find a new home for 2016. The veteran hooker is contracted for the next two seasons and is taking up the best part of $2million during that period. However, he has fallen out with Taylor and the feud was the elephant in the room at Thursday’s function at Doltone House. Farah’s partner for the event was long-time manager Sam Ayoub, with the pair not engaging with Taylor during the five-hour function. Farah has indicated that he will dig his heels in, with the club obligated to pay out his contract if he doesn’t leave. There was no official mention of the war as officials handed out awards, but was still the major talking point for the 600 guests.
James Tedesco took out the player’s player gong after an outstanding year that netted him 17 tries in 24 appearances. The fullback, who controversially opted against fulfilling a lucrative contract he had signed to play with Canberra to stay at the joint-venture club, also took out the members’ player of the year award.
The event also recognised the induction of two more Wests Tigers life members in Tim Sheens and Brett Hodgson – with the 2005 premiership winners joining Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall, Mark O’Neill and John Skandalis on the illustrious list. Sheens coached the Tigers for 10 seasons, including the 2005 grand final victory, while Hodgson broke numerous club records during his 102-game career stint. Kyle Lovett, who made 21 first-grade appearances, was named the NRL rookie of the year.
Taylor said the Tigers were heading in the right direction.
“Across the team, we had enormous improvement in terms of the experience our guys got,” Taylor said.
The event was the first public appearance for new chief executive Justin Pascoe, who shifted from Penrith to replace Grant Mayer.
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