Michael Maguire head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs has been sacked this evening after the Rabbitohs season ended with a loss to the Eels and a second season in succession without finals football. Coming off the back of their first Premiership win in 43 years the Rabbitohs fans had high hopes of becoming the first to secure a repeat in successive years in 2015 under the tutelage of Maguire who learned his trade from the games most astute in Craig Bellamy.
Appointed as head coach of the Rabbitohs after enjoying 53 wins from 70 starts at Wigan Warriors as their coach and winning the Super League Grand Final in his first year. Took the Rabbitohs from 10th to 3rd in his first season in charge as they bowed out in the preliminary finals for consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 however they welcomed some fresh faces from the youth squad and the players had galvanised and brought back a hard edge as part of the culture at the Rabbitohs largely thanks to Maguire.
Their 43rd year without a premiership however the players were flourishing under Maguire’s strict fitness regime as he had the playing primed for the long season ahead. 15 wins left them in 3rd position on the ladder and Michael Maguire helped mastermind Russell Crowe’s club go all the way with his level head and day by day approach, he knew how to keep his players grounded.
Spearheaded by Greg Inglis and one of the greatest individual grand final performances ever by Sam Burgess and the Rabbitohs secured their first premiership in over four decades to the tune of the vocal, Redfern faithful racking up a 30 to 6 points massacre win.
Four wins mustered from Round 7 and Round 17 proved as the most pivotal period in their season and quashed any chances of a finals berth. Two of those wins came against eventual top eight finishers in Penrith however the Redfern club played admirably against superior opposition losing by 8 points or less on 5 occasions throughout the season. Three wins from their last five proved too little too late for the Rabbitohs season and Maguire’s job itself as the club parted ways, paving the way for a new coach to reinvigorate the club ahead of the upcoming preseason.
5th of September, 2017 – South Sydney part ways with Michael Maguire
Shane Richardson the clubs General Manager of Football had this to say on Maguire:
“Maguire helped deliver the Premiership title in 2014 and for this, we will always be indebted to him. He led us to the premiership victory, the 2015 Auckland Nines win and the 2015 World Club Challenge.”
With those three major trophies the club was booming and as Richardson illuminates the club will always be indebted to Maguire, however then further going on record saying:
“However, we feel it’s time for the club to go along a different path in terms of leadership of the team and the direction the team is taking, and they are the responsibilities of the Head Coach”
So as the season sets on the Rabbitohs 2017 season and new pastures lie ahead with some brilliant youngsters coming through in Crichton, Britt and Murray, the future looks bright. The question now is who do the Rabbitohs appoint as their new coach of this proud and esteemed club, but firstly what next for Maguire.
What next for Michael Maguire?
With Neil Henry having been moved on from the Titans, many would love to see the appointment of the hard as nails Maguire. With his tough love approach could he be the catalyst to a Jarryd Hayne rejuvenation?
Some say he may head back to England where he started his coaching career and was an instant success
Who should replace him?
The current assistant coach in Anthony Siebold has already been named as most likely to take over and is the current assistant coach of the Queensland Maroons.
Has also worked under Bellamy and being a prop could hopefully reinvigorate some sluggish performances by their forwards, in particular, the Burgess twins.
Kevin Walters name may be brought up once more to take on a full-time head coach role in the NRL. Has successfully coach Queensland to two straight victories and has a plethora of rugby league nous under the guidance of arguably two of greatest ever coaches in Bennett and Bellamy
Would be an excellent acquisition for the club long term as he was the man who got things going on the Gold Coast and took them to within a whisker of a maiden Grand Final appearance in 2010. Has won a premiership at the Cowboys in 2015 and has now helped guide Barrett’s Sea Eagles to the Finals this year.
Has ample experience as a head coach and of a proud club too in the Northern Beaches, Manly Sea Eagles and his passion is undoubted with his post game rants always a feature. However, he has just taken over as head coach of the Bradford Bulls this year.
Has worked under the likes of Stuart and Walters and once was considered “one of the greats” due to his ball playing ability for a forward. Has coached the U20’s NSW side to victory and could be the spice of life the Rabbitohs need at the club.
The last word
One thing for sure the new coach needs to work to the Rabbitohs strengths and get the most out of their stars with new recruit Gagai coming onboard and Inglis to return from injury. Fortunes at the Rabbitohs could just about be taking a turn for the best.
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