Infotainment Factory: Tigers' boss takes parting swipe at Cleary

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Tigers' boss takes parting swipe at Cleary


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Wests Tigers chief Justin Pascoe has thrown a subtle jab at departing former coach Ivan Cleary while highlighting the premiership credentials of newly appointed mentor Michael Maguire.

Cleary will return to the Panthers to join forces with his son Nathan after it was revealed the Tigers had signed former South Sydney coach Maguire on a three-year deal.

Maguire’s premiership pedigree was a key component in letting Cleary cut short his stay at Concord, according to Pascoe.

 “When we started this process of looking through the options around the situation we were put in 12 or 14 weeks ago, we were committed to the fact that we wanted a coach with grand final winning experience,” Pascoe said.

“We wanted a coach with a fierce determination to win and Michael has certainly demonstrated that.

“He’s got a real passion to make sure this is a sustainable club for the long term. He’s got a passion and care for individual players and for pathways and development in our local region.

“So he was a very suitable candidate and a great announcement.”

Maguire is currently in the UK coaching New Zealand as they prepare for their three-Test series against England. Pascoe says he’ll undertake preseason training with the club upon his return from international duty.

“Michael will join the club on the 15th after his commitments with the New Zealand team finish in the UK,” Pascoe said.

“I think he is going to be outstanding and all the players and staff are excited that he is coming to the club.

“The passion that he showed us is just a fierce determination to win and that’s what this club needs.”

Pascoe said the level of interest for the job was high and that several other coaches expressed an interest in the position.

“It is exciting that we have had 10 to 12 people with a genuine interest in coming to coach this club,” Pascoe said.

“It is a credit to everyone involved and the players, that the way they play and the standards they have set themselves are a real attraction to people that want to come here and coach.”

Wests Tigers chief Justin Pascoe has thrown a subtle jab at departing former coach Ivan Cleary while highlighting the premiership credentials of newly appointed mentor Michael Maguire.

Cleary will return to the Panthers to join forces with his son Nathan after it was revealed the Tigers had signed former South Sydney coach Maguire on a three-year deal.

Maguire’s premiership pedigree was a key component in letting Cleary cut short his stay at Concord, according to Pascoe.

 “When we started this process of looking through the options around the situation we were put in 12 or 14 weeks ago, we were committed to the fact that we wanted a coach with grand final winning experience,” Pascoe said.

“We wanted a coach with a fierce determination to win and Michael has certainly demonstrated that.

“He’s got a real passion to make sure this is a sustainable club for the long term. He’s got a passion and care for individual players and for pathways and development in our local region.

“So he was a very suitable candidate and a great announcement.”

Maguire is currently in the UK coaching New Zealand as they prepare for their three-Test series against England. Pascoe says he’ll undertake preseason training with the club upon his return from international duty.

“Michael will join the club on the 15th after his commitments with the New Zealand team finish in the UK,” Pascoe said.

“I think he is going to be outstanding and all the players and staff are excited that he is coming to the club.

“The passion that he showed us is just a fierce determination to win and that’s what this club needs.”

Pascoe said the level of interest for the job was high and that several other coaches expressed an interest in the position.

“It is exciting that we have had 10 to 12 people with a genuine interest in coming to coach this club,” Pascoe said.

“It is a credit to everyone involved and the players, that the way they play and the standards they have set themselves are a real attraction to people that want to come here and coach.”

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