Tigers deny Tim Sheens is gone - yet

Last updated 14:45 25/09/2012
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UNDER PRESSURE: A win over the Kiwis takes on extra importance for Kangaroos' coach Tim Sheens after he lost his job as coach of the Wests Tigers.

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Coach Tim Sheens' departure from the Wests Tigers could be settled at a board meeting this afternoon.

News Limited reports on Tuesday suggested Sheens had walked away after 10 years at the NRL club following a player revolt.

Wests Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys vehemently denied Sheens had already quit the club but confirmed the board would meet on Tuesday afternoon, where it is expected an agreement for the veteran coach's departure will be reached.

The Tigers undertook a review of its entire football staff after failing to make the finals despite being the pre-season favourites to win the NRL title.

Asked about reports Sheens' future had already been decided Humphrey's told AAP on Tuesday: "We're not in a position to make comment on that at this stage.

"I can certainly deny the newspaper claim that Tim's quit.

"At this point in time he's neither quit nor been sacked as has been reported in some circles.

"We're conducting a review and when we're through that review and there's outcomes to announce, we'll announce them."

Either way, Sheens' future at the club seems untenable, and he has already been linked with a move to the vacant Warriors head coaching position.

The sticking point remains a payout figure, with the Tigers baulking at forking out the full $450,000 a year the four-time premiership winner is due for the final two years of his contract.

Manly assistant Matt Parish has been heavily linked to take over from Sheens, with Melbourne assistant Kevin Walters also rumoured to be in contention.

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