Only the Wests Tigers would sack a coach without having an alternative ready to roll as a replacement and then miss the club’s publicly declared no.1 priority target.
Go back to when Nick Politis has to make hard decisions at the Roosters and the Tricolours kingpin has always got plans B, C and D in place.
Just in case.
When Uncle Nick sacked Ricky Stuart he’d secretly done a handshake deal with Wayne Bennett to leave the Broncos and it was a similar set-up when Brian Smith had to go and Trent Robinson came in as the replacement.
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Sure Wayne ended up backflipping on the deal but the point is the smart clubs are well administered organisations and can see around corners in terms of how to be successful.
Penrith, the Roosters, Melbourne – they attain and sustain success.
The Tigers – unfortunately- wouldn’t know what success looked like even if they were teleported into dressing rooms run by Bennett, Craig Bellamy or Jack Gibson.
Exhibit A was local junior Mitch Moses putting on a clinic for Parramatta to steer the Eels from 12-nil down at one of Wests Tigers spiritual homes at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.
Exhibit B will be James Tedesco – yep, another local junior – captaining NSW in the State of Origin series-decider on Wednesday night.
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When we spoke to Tim Sheens last week he suggested the idea of him taking the head coaching role was tossed up at a media lunch at the alternative Rugby League Central headquarters of Grappa in Leichhardt a fortnight ago but it wasn’t the club or his preferred option.
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That now appears to have changed as the decision-makers at Wests Tigers continue to lead the push for the 71-year-old to take on the top job.
Sheens would be a smart play with Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall around him with a view to one of them taking the head coaching role in a couple of years.
At least all of the trio have skin in the game at the club and would genuinely have the best interests of Wests Tigers at heart.
Who do you think the Wests Tigers should appoint as head coach? What changes would you make to try and fix the club?
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