2022-06-08 07:35:00

Former Sharks head coach John Morris has reportedly emerged as a leading contender for the vacant Tigers job.

Following Michael Maguire’s sacking on Tuesday afternoon, many names have been shipped as the next man to take over at Leichhardt.

Now according to WWOS, there is growing support for Morris who is “well regarded” and will “come into consideration” for the role, having a close relationship with Tigers head of football Tim Sheens.

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Morris took over the Sharks head coaching role from Shane Flanagan after he was deregistered, signing a three-year deal in February 2019.

After taking the Cronulla side to two finals appearances and handing out 12 debuts to NRL talents, Morris was sacked in early 2021 with Josh Hannay taking over for the remainder of the season before Craig Fitzgibbon was recruited for the 2022 season.

Morris is currently working as Jason Demetriou’s assistant at the Rabbitohs, but would likely be allowed to leave to take up a head coaching job.

The former playmaker also was a Tigers player for three years between 2007 to 2009, a period in which Tim Sheens was head coach.

Cameron Ciraldo is said to be the first choice to take over at Leichhardt but Morris could be the man to take the reigns.

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Meanwhile, following Nathan Brown’s departure from the Warriors, two candidates have emerged to take over their head coach position according to the SMH — Michael Maguire and Kristian Woolf.

Maguire has strong links to New Zealand and is currently the national team’s coach, having been able to guide the side to top of the world rankings ahead this year’s World Cup.

Kristian Woolf is fast becoming of rugby league’s most promising coaches, with his current team, St Helens, sitting atop the Super League ladder.

Woolf also guided the side to a premiership in 2021 and is also the coach of the Tongan national team who have bested Australia and New Zealand in their last clashes.

Maguire has a reputation of being a disciplinarian with his teams, and Warriors chief executive Cameron George explained he wanted a “hard arse” as his next coach.

“Honestly though, I want to see someone with a hard edge to them. I want a bit of a hard arse,” George said to The Daily Telegraph.

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“We need to steel up our attitude and that’s right across the board.

“Someone that can bring that hard edge would be really good and I’d just like to see a simple approach to footy.”

Warriors owner Mark Robinson, however, revealed that the former South Sydney premiership winning coach was not on the radar to take the role, hosing down suggestions Maguire was the man to lead the club forward.

“No he’s not,” Robinson said to The Daily Telegraph.

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“I don’t really know Michael Maguire but he didn’t get results at the Wests Tigers, so we’re not going in that direction.

“He is also coaching New Zealand and I don’t want a coach who has his fingers in other interests like a national team.

“I’m not interested in that.”

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