Tigers wait on Sheens

WHETHER sacked Tigers coach Tim Sheens will take up a new "senior" role at the club is anyone's guess.

Sheens's 10-year reign as mentor at the club came to an unglamorous end yesterday, on the back of a player revolt following the shock signings of Tigers favourites Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan at the Sharks.

The Tigers finished this season in 10th, well below the favourites tag that was placed on them in the pre-season.

It is unclear at this stage whether Sheens will want to remain at the Tigers to take up his new role, which the board is still discussing, after his ugly exit as coach.

"It would be unfair of me or anybody to have an expectation that Tim could … make a decision on the spur of the moment without proper consideration," Tigers chairman David Trodden said at yesterday's press conference.

Recent speculation has seen the Warriors mentioned as a club that could make Sheens an offer to take up their vacant coaching position.

But at 61, Sheens would have an enormous task in uprooting to live across the Tasman and, as the current Kangaroos coach, mentor a side full of Kiwi internationals.

Tigers officials did their best to convince reporters that their 2005 premiership-winning coach will stay on board.

"We want him to be involved because he's been the most influential figure at this club," Trodden said. "We've had brief discussions with him about the sort of role that he might occupy in the future. But this has happened very quickly and it's not the sort of thing we should be speculating about.

"It's fair to say that Tim is disappointed that he won't be coaching the NRL team next year."

Melbourne's assistant coach Kevin Walters sprung up as a new reported candidate to take over Sheens's post, while talk surrounding Manly assistant Matt Parrish moving to the Tigers has not died down.

Trodden would not be drawn into talking about possible replacements.

"I don't think we're about to rush into the appointment of anything other than the right person, so we'll take as long as we need to take," he said.

Sheens was popular at the Tigers last year, signing a three-year extension and taking his team to within one game of the grand final, making his sudden fall from grace a remarkable one.

He was reportedly on about $450,000 per season, with CEO Steve Humphries saying the club will discuss a pay-out to Sheens in the coming days.

The Tigers would not want to outlay that full amount, which could lead to some interesting meetings between both parties.


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