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Balmain’s great Garry Jack launched a scathing criticism of the Wests Tigers’ power brokers, declaring the “stupidity of those responsible” to be “mind-boggling.”

The Tigers were due to decide the fate of coach Michael Maguire Monday night before a last-minute cancellation of a board meeting.

Now the club again appear to be questioning whether Maguire’s position is untenable or whether he needs to be supported to complete the job he started and complete the last two years of his contract.

The club were criticized Monday night on the Fox League’s “NRL 360” for the delay and now Jack, a Balmain Tigers legend, has weighed in on the discussion.

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Speaking on SEN 1170 On Monday night on the radio, Jack questioned the entire review process, arguing that Maguire wasn’t the club’s only problem and that CEO Justin Pascoe and football chief Adam Hartigan also had to do the subject to further examination.

“The board of directors re-signed Michael Maguire halfway through the [2020] season and now they want to fire him … as a former Tigers player, why do they want to fire him? ” He asked.

“Obviously they’re trying to protect their own butt because if anyone has to go it’s Justin Pascoe and Adam Hartigan. They’re both responsible for recruiting and retention.

“You can’t blame the coach when you said in the middle of the year, ‘He’s doing a great job, you should re-sign him for two more years.” They have to take a lot of responsibility for that. that happened.

If let go, Maguire will be the fifth coach to leave the Tigers in the past decade alongside Tim Sheens (2012), Michael Potter (2014), Jason Taylor (2017) and Ivan Cleary (2018).

Jack described him as a “revolving door”, and while understanding that the coach can only be judged by performance on the pitch, he said the club’s problems run deeper.


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“I’m a little sorry for Michael Maguire,” he said.

“He’s a defensive coach, but you have to rely on the performance of the team. They were the second defensive team in the competition, which is terrible. Seven times, teams have scored 40 or more points against us.

“In the end, we were beaten 38-0 by Canterbury. There are big problems at the club. It is not good enough.

“You can blame the coach and the players, but the same people make the same mistakes, Pascoe has been there six years and Hartigan the last two. It doesn’t get any better. It just got worse. “

Tigers president Lee Hagipentalis said a fortnight ago the club were more than capable of conducting their own review and asking the tough questions, including those of Pascoe and Hartigan.

Jack asked, however, if everyone was really being held responsible.

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“He [Pascoe] must be [subject to review], said Jacques.

“He did the exam last year, he’s doing it this year and the team fell back. Everyone is responsible. Coaches are responsible, players are responsible, but for some reason the CEO and scouts are not responsible.

“Well, they have to be held to account because they recruited the players who are playing and obviously that doesn’t work. ”

The great Balmain went on to mention a slew of names that have come and gone over the past few years, including Moses Mbye, Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Joey Leilua, James Tamou and James Roberts.

The alumni were all big-money signings from former coach Cleary, which is why many believe Maguire hasn’t had a real chance to turn the club around.

Maguire, however, had a “huge influence” in recruiting the other three, according to Fox League’s James Hooper.

Jack conceded that Maguire would have to “bear a great deal of responsibility” for these recruiting mistakes if that were the case, but said that does not take away from the fact that Pascoe’s position needs to be emphasized.

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“They obviously have no intelligence or footballing sense of what a good player is and what an average player is,” he said.

“I don’t think Justin Pascoe has a clear idea of ​​football.

“The problem is not Maguire. The problem is the people above him trying to cover their own butt by saying Maguire is the problem. They are the ones who must be held responsible for the recruiting debacle of the past six years.

“So look at the coach. I’m sorry for Maguire. When you are a head coach you need the right people around you, you need to be supported and you are as good as the cattle you have.

“He’s got players out there who don’t put up. How can they be when they get 38-0 by Canterbury? They have indeed been broken in a few times. It’s just mind-boggling the stupidity of the people in charge there.

Jack added that the continued drama at the club only made it more difficult to attract high quality players, describing it as a “vicious cycle”.

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“This is where the coach has to be smart with the players he signs,” he added.

“Maybe someone who is in great shape or someone who is injured and has not reached their potential. You have to make them better players.

“[Adam] Doueihi has taken the lead this year, Daine Laurie has taken the lead. That’s what a good coach does, he makes good players, good first graders. They have been the flagship of the team so far, the stars of the future.

“You hang on to them, but you have to get other guys who want to play. This is the big one. They want to play in grade one, they don’t just want the money. Look at the guys who go to the Storm. Christian Welch, guys like that, Jahrome Hughes … they buy them, they’re not stars but put them on Storm’s side, they’re a top team.

“They just need to better recruit the players you take on. Unfortunately we have recruited terribly and I don’t see that improving with the current administration.


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