The Tigers are facing the harsh reality of missing out on their main target after Cameron Ciraldo reversed a lucrative five-year deal to be their next coach.
Benji Marshall believes the Tigers need to move on quickly and install the best graduate coach to improve the club for the long-suffering fans after missing out on their main contender.
“It’s obviously a little disappointing that they didn’t get Cameron,” Marshall said on Fox League.
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“I know they have invested heavily in him as their first choice, especially by offering him a five-year contract.
“I think that showed how much they really wanted him, which is a bit sad.
“But there are still a lot of good coaches out there. What they need to do is shift their focus to whoever it is who is next because they talked about wanting someone who is good at developing young players, as they identified Cameron .
“There are guys who have done it before. Shane Flanagan has a listing. Jan Morris. They even talked about Todd Payten, but he has a contract with the Cowboys, so I don’t know how that’s going to work.
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“But whatever it is, it has to be an investment that will turn the club around because I think the fans and everyone who has supported the club are a little fed up with the way it is going in terms of results and wishes. ” a bit of a change.
“The next coach has to be that man to do it, otherwise we could wait a long time for the club to turn around again.”
Cooper Cronk believes the Tigers need to change the club’s image after going all in on a development coach who eventually knocked them back for an assistant role with the Panthers.
“That’s a harsh reality for the Tigers,” Cronk said.
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“They threw what is reportedly a long-term deal, a lot of money for a rookie coach to put them on for a long time and he hit it back.
“That is the situation the Tigers are in right now. Five coaches in the last 10 years. Seems like there’s a bit of a reputation that players and coaches and people don’t want to go there.
“So they need a circuit breaker. Something has to change about that image.
“Tim Sheens is here. He was the last man to bring success to that football club, along with the guy next to me (Marshall), so it’s really up to him to make that change.
“Who that person is, I have no idea, but it’s all under Tim Sheens now.”
However, Benji Marshall believes the room to move in the salary cap and the club’s talented juniors make the Tigers job attractive for the next coach.
“From what I’ve gathered about the way they pitched against Cameron Ciraldo, there’s a lot of money coming in for the salary cap, so whoever comes next gets a chance to make the roster they want,” Marshall said.
“There will be no excuses as to why selection is a problem for whoever takes that position.
“Part of my role with the Tigers now is coaching the juniors and what I’ve seen happen is there’s a lot of success at Wests and Balmain from kids with a lot of potential and talent.
“Our job at the club is to keep those kids. So the next coach has to be vital in signing players and being able to nurture those kids to the next level because homegrown talent is where it is. ”
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