NRL News 2022, West Tigers want Cameron Ciraldo as coach, Michael Maguire

West Tigers vice-captain James Tamau has called on Cameron Siraldo to join Concorde as the team’s new head coach.

Tamou worked with Ciraldo in Penrith, where the latter was still Evan Cleary’s assistant and the main reason for the Panthers winning the Premiership last year.

He is considered the best head coach to look forward to, but has not taken a gig despite having several available so far.

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The Tigers are the latest club for a head coach since the sacking of Michael Maguire earlier this week.

The Bulldogs and Warriors have also parted ways with their coaches and have yet to find a replacement.

Siraldo will be the hot property, but Tamou desperately hopes the pair could be reunited.

“It would be unrealistic for Siro,” Tamau said.

“I love the Tigers and I love Siro, and to come together for that, it would be the perfect storm.

“He will definitely get the main coaching role. He made it (in Penrith), coming through the junior system.

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“I would love for him to come to the Tigers, and I guess (Tigers football boss Tim Shins) and the team are doing everything they can.”

Although the dismissal of Maguire did not come as a shock to the general public, it happened abruptly and greatly surprised the playing group.

At that moment Maguire learned of the dismissal of the Tigers

Tamou revealed that Maguire did not personally get a chance to break the news to his players. He drove training Tuesday morning, was called to a meeting, and left in a hurry.

Now, the Tigers will have to team up again and play in the second half of the NRL season under interim coach Brett Kimorley.

“As a leader and a co-captain you must be a strong pillar for the team. In this situation the team comes first,” Tamau said.

“I called Mag (Maguire) yesterday and we had a chat … what happened happened, and it’s unfortunate. We have to use that energy to focus on the weekend.

“When I spoke to Maj., I said, ‘Fellow, we don’t have to look too far to blame anyone, as players we just have to look in the mirror.’

“We have to move forward in the interest of the team.

“Sometimes coaches lose dressing sheds in this situation – that was not the case here. He will be close to coaching rugby league again, wherever he is. It’s best not to.”

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