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Tigers sack Maguire, Kimmorley takes over as interim coach

The Wests Tigers have pulled the trigger at the end of Michael Maguire’s tenure as manager, announcing the termination of his contract, effective immediately.

The club released a statement on Tuesday afternoon to say Maguire had been told his services were no longer needed and that former NSW and Australian half-back Brett Kimmorley, who had worked with the club in a pathway role , would take over for the remainder of the season.

Under Maguire, the Tigers have finished ninth, 11th and 13th in previous seasons and this year have struggled to go 3-9 to take 12th place.

They are scheduled to face Manly this Sunday in Campbelltown.

(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

“Wests Tigers sincerely thank Michael for all of his hard work and effort over the past three and a half years.

“As this is undoubtedly a difficult time for all parties, the club would like to respect Michael’s privacy, wish him all the best and have no further comment. For the remainder of the season, Brett Kimmorley will take over as interim coach.

Maguire, who is also the New Zealand Tests coach, took South Sydney to their premiership in 2014 but were unable to win the Tigers on a regular basis despite significant roster turnover .

The Tigers have struggled to attract big-name signings in recent years with Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell and Tevita Pangai jnr negotiating with the club to sign elsewhere.

They added Jackson Hastings this season and he’s been a shining light at halfback, but other rookies like Joe Ofahengaue, Oliver Gildart, James Tamou and James Roberts, over the past two years, haven’t managed to shoot.

Tigers sack Maguire, Kimmorley takes over as interim coach

Brett Kimmorley. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers director of football Tim Sheens will speak to the media later on Tuesday to explain why Maguire was fired with 18 months remaining on his contract.

Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo is considered the favorite to replace Maguire full-time, although Penrith is unlikely to grant him a release midway through this season.

Shane Flanagan, who played for Wests, and fellow Premiership winner Paul Green, are on the hunt for permanent roles and could also be considered.

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