Tim Sheens dumped as Wests Tigers coach
Tim Sheens has been removed as Wests Tigers coach, club chairman Dave Trodden said today.
The club has announced a restructure of its football department with the Tigers searching for a new head coach.
Trodden told a media conference this afternoon that Sheens has been offered a new role at the club which he has yet to accept or decline.
He said that he was unaware of any discussion between Sheens and the New Zealand Warriors as the Auckland-based club searches for a replacement for Brian McLennan who was dumped in August.
Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys said that the club has not been in contact with any potential replacement including former Dragons coach Nathan Brown.
Humphreys told the media conference Sheens was disappointed by the decision and the club would give him as long as he needed to make his mind up about the new role.
Senior Tigers players were advised of the news just before the press conference.
Sheens has coached the Tigers for 10 years and delivered the joint venture's only premiership success in 2005 but has came under pressure to keep his role as the end of this season when the club failed to make the finals after starting 2012 as title favourites.
Trodden paid tribute to Sheens describing him as the most imfluential figure in the club's 13-year history.
"He came to a club that had not enjoyed success and was struggling to establish itself," Trodden said.
"Tim has established professional structures and built a foundation from which there is now a genuine expectation of sustained success.
"He was the coach of our first ever premiership winning team and for all of those reasons he will always have a special place in the history of our club.
"The last ten days have been particularly difficult for everyone and the one thing which has shone through has been the dignified and professional manner in which Tim has conducted himself.
"We are very keen for Tim to continue with our club in a senior role as part of our restructure.
The Tigers have formed sub-committee to search for his replacement.
The Tigers have had an unsettled start to the off-season with popular players Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan joining the Cronulla Sharks after being forced out of the club.
The move came on top of Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita moving to the Sharks in 2011 as the Tigers made room in their salary cap for New Zealand international Adam Blair to join the club from Melbourne.
Today's announcement came after Sheens reportedly lost the support of the Tigers board and leading players.
The Tigers held a board meeting last Thursday in which a review, headed by Humphreys, into the 2012 season was announced.
Humphreys is believed to have reported back to the board within the last 48 hours.
Sheens is due to coach Australia against New Zealand in Townsville next month.