Wests Tigers sack coach Jason Taylor

The Tigers are facing their fourth coach in five years, with the sacking of Jason Taylor.
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The Tigers are facing their fourth coach in five years, with the sacking of Jason Taylor.

Wests Tigers have sacked coach Jason Taylor.

Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go said that the decision was not easy.

"On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers I'd like to thank Jason for his commitment and contribution to the Club during his time as head coach," said Go in a statement.

"Jason has overseen significant change within the Club over the past two seasons and we thank him for his efforts.

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"Our position has always been to make sure that the Head Coach's contract is tied to performance and that hasn't changed," she said. "We are committed to building a side that will be in a position to win NRL Premierships and believe that this decision is the correct one for the future of the Club.

"This is a challenging time for the Club and Jason and we ask that we are given time to work through this process with Jason," said Go.

Current Wests Tigers Assistant coach Andrew Webster will take on the role of interim coach.

Webster returned to Wests Tigers this year after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.

Webster previously worked for Wests Tigers as an assistant coach.

Taylor became the first NRL coach to be axed in 18 months after all 16 survived last season.

The Tigers will now have their fourth coach in five years.

Cowboys assistant coach Todd Payten, who previously coached members of the big four at the Tigers, is in line for the job, so too former Panthers coach Ivan Cleary.

The sacking comes as the Tigers find themselves in a bind over the contract negotiations with their superstar quartet - Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses. Determining the new coach may go a long way to solving their problems.

The Tigers have crashed to heavy defeats against the Panthers and Raiders after an opening round win against Robbie Farah's Rabbitohs and face a daunting task against unbeaten pacesetters Melbourne at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

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Taylor came within one point of lifting the Tigers to the finals last year and needed to make the top eight in 2017 to warrant a contract extension.

It comes against the backdrop of the joint venture trying to secure their four highest-profile players and the Tim Simona betting scandal.

 - Sydney Morning Herald

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