Michael Maguire's combat to prevention his occupation arsenic Wests Tigers manager could hinge connected however heavy the Panthers task successful the finals, Sydney Morning Herald newsman Michael Chammas says.
The improvement comes, Chammas says, arsenic the Tigers hole to instal 2005 premiership-winning mentor Tim Sheens arsenic coaching director, careless of whether Maguire keeps his job.
Chammas' message is Panthers adjunct manager Cameron Ciraldo is the main contender to instrumentality implicit from Maguire, but helium says Ciraldo is intent connected not pursuing the occupation until Penrith's play is done.
While Penrith could bow retired successful their knockout semi-final clash with Parramatta connected Saturday night, their play could besides stay live until arsenic precocious arsenic October 3 – the day of the expansive final.
Chammas has reported connected Sydney's Nine News that the timing of the Panthers' finals exit mightiness not suit the Tigers, perchance starring to the embattled nine giving up connected Ciraldo and letting Maguire manager successful 2022.
Sheens was primitively lured backmost to Concord successful May arsenic caput of shot performance, moving arsenic a advisor successful pathways, but his assignment to coaching manager volition person him oversee the coach.
It's casual to deliberation that a manager of Maguire's pedigree – helium guided the Rabbitohs to the premiership successful 2014 – would beryllium miffed astatine having idiosyncratic nonstop him.
But legendary rugby league manager Phil Gould believes Maguire would invited the appointment.
"I deliberation he'd admit Tim Sheens' acquisition and everything he's done," Gould said connected Nine's 100% Footy.
"(Sheens has) been a large improvement manager for a agelong time, arsenic well.
"He was archetypal brought successful determination to bash pathways, to effort and enactment retired however they could get endowment and make endowment backmost into their roster implicit the adjacent fewer years, and instrumentality a longer-term attack to it.
"But (in) being coaching manager helium tin bash that and assistance the coaching unit to support their eyes connected the prize during the people of the season."
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