The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent has criticised Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe for going on a holiday while the club have recorded the worst possible start to the season.
Pascoe’s holiday was reportedly planned for the off-season, but was cancelled due to Covid twice, with the Tigers board giving him their blessing to take time off according to The Daily Telegraph.
On NRL360, Kent called the absence a “bad move” as coach Michael Maguire continues to face criticism as the Tigers remain winless in 2022.
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“Apparantely he is in the Northern Territory for a couple of weeks to have a break,” Kent said.
“I am afraid to ask what he is doing by Round 10, he is in Disneyland maybe.
“The fact is Justin Pascoe, and I like Justin, bad move, the club is trying to present a unified front, a one in all in image.
“But with the coach under so much pressure, the one thing he needed was his CEO standing by him.
“Tim Sheens has spoken regularly about supporting Michael Maguire, if they are going to do that, they need to be there.
“They cant be off on holidays, if there is a big score this weekend and a big score the weekend after and he is still doing a lap around Ayers Rock, I mean seriously.”
Kent went on to liken the situation to events in the past, explaining how it looks from an outsider looking in to the club.
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“This has happened before, remembered Scott Penn being criticised with Manly before when he was overseas… but he is the owner of the club, not running the club like a CEO,” Kent said.
“There is just a public perception that has got to be presented there that you are right their for the job.”
“He has put a target on his head,” NRL360 host Braith Anasta added.
The Tigers face up against the Eels this week, hoping to find some form as Maguire has swung the axe on four regular starters.
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