The Gold Coast Titans are still holding back on a decision regarding a replacement for Neil Henry, even after the recently announced news that Michael Maguire and the South Sydney Rabbitohs have parted company.
Maguire did a lot to put the Rabbitohs back in the elite, winning the premiership in 2014, but it was not enough to protect his head from the axe following a disappointing nine-win season in the Telstra 2017 NRL Premiership competition. He had two seasons left on his contract, but all the same, he and Neil Henry are on the outside looking in.
The Titans would, in all probability, be happy to add Maguire’s name to the list of potential coaching candidates, but it appears that they have stayed the course in holding off any decision for the time being.
The Titans really had nothing to gain by rushing to pursue Maguire. If another club snaps him up, there are plenty more where he came from seems to be the thinking in Redfern.
If it could be so claimed, the Titans are following the comments of former St. George Illawarra an Brisbane Broncos second-rower Gorden Tallis, who said, “They have got a lot of experience that will make the right decision at the right time, just don’t rush into it,” at the Fox League finals launch on Wednesday.The Titans have got to be ready and going by March, that’s when it counts.”
To the dispassionate observer, it would appear that the main issue with the Titans is on the field. They switched strategies in their style of play, perhaps taking a “What have we got to lose?” approach that, ultimately, did not prove effective.
In reality, the Titans have not proceeded past the point of forming a coaching selection panel, so while the risk of losing Maguire is a very real one, the Titans have plenty of tasks in order to set their house in order ahead of 2018.