Tigers coach Michael Maguire has made “one last ditch bid” to save his career according to The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield.
The under siege coach swapped Luke Brooks to the five-eigth role, slotting Jackson Hastings into halfback on return from suspension, hoping to revitalise his team who remain without a win in 2022.
The merger club take on the high-flying Eels in an encounter which is crucial for coach who was employed in late 2018.
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But Rothfield said Maguire only has a “couple of weeks” to improve or he faces the boot, adding to his claims made on Monday night.
“I think it is one last ditch bid to save his (Maguire) own career as a coach, from inquiries I have been making, Madge has got a couple of weeks to go,” Rothfield said on NRL360.
“Unless there is some sort of turnaround, they will act and they are not going to let it drag on and on and they need to see huge improvement against Parramatta on the weekend, with this new halves combination for Madge to be locked in for longer than a month or two.”
Brooks, who was the subject of intense transfer rumours linking him to the Knights, reportedly handed in transfer requests in the off-season and has struggled in 2022.
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While the halves shift is aiming to unlock the 27-year-old’s lethal running game, The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read can’t see it making a difference.
“I don’t think it is working there, I don’t think a change to six will change things for Luke (Brooks), he just doesn’t look happy there,” Read said.
“It doesn’t take pressure off him at all.
“They have played together in the halves already, the only thing that changes is you are changing the number on their back.”
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The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent also suggested the move won’t make any difference, but claimed a big chance needs to be made to shift the club’s fortunes.
“I just think they are a team without answers, I quite admire the way Luke Brooks handles himself, he is the brunt of it all the time,” Kent said.
“But there needs to be a circuit breaker there.”
The Tigers have recorded their worst ever start to a season since they entered the competition in 2000.
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