Tue, Mar 21, 10:06am by Bren O'Brien
Wests Tigers’ stunning decision to part ways with coach Jason Taylor just three rounds into the season comes after they drifted out to $34 to win the NRL Premiership.
The Tigers have won just one of their first three matches to sit bottom of the table, and having been around the $26 mark pre-season, have drifted out further after huge losses to the Raiders and the Panthers in the past two weeks.
The club hit crisis point on Monday when Taylor was fired, with suggestions he had lost the dressing room in light of Robbie Farah’s botched departure from the club late last year.
The hunt is on for a replacement with two men considered prime candidates. Todd Payten is a Tigers’ legend who is currently an assistant coach at the Cowboys.
He is a former coach of the Tigers’ Holden Cup side having overseen the progression of key Tigers trio James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brook as youngsters.
That trio are out of contract and the appointment of Payten would be seen as a boost to the Tigers’ prospects of retaining their services.
The best credentialed freely available candidate is former Warriors and Panthers coach Ivan Cleary. Cleary left the Panthers at the end of 2015 and recently said he was keen to return to coaching.
He is renowned as a developer of young talent and would make an immediate impact at the Tigers.
Surprisingly, there is no next coach market available as yet, which could possibly be related to the NRL cracking down on exotic bets pre-season.
The other candidates mentioned, include former Manly coach Geoff Toovey, currently in charge of Bradford in the UK as well as former Tigers under 20s coach Andrew McFadden and current Tigers NSW Cup Paul Stringer.
The Daily Telegraph also floated the possibility that the Walker brothers, Ben and Shane, could take joint charge having steered Ipswich in the State Championship over the past two years.
While the Raiders 46-6 win over the Tigers will be remembered as Taylor’s final game in charge’, one Sportsbet punter will be dining out on the result for some time.
He nailed an 11-leg same game multi to turn $20 into a $3820 collect. Among his options in the multi were the raiders to win, the Raiders to win by 13+, the Raiders by 19+ and Jordan Rapana to score two tries or more.
11-Leg Same Game Multi – Raiders v Tigers
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