It took a while, but it was perhaps a move that you could see coming – with the Wests Tigers confirming that Tim Sheens would not be coaching the club, in the 2013 NRL season.
The club has decided to restructure the football club as a whole, and started with the decision to not have Sheens as coach – though they are hopeful that he will choose to remain involved with the club, in some capacity.
For Chairman David Trodden, he said that Sheens has made an enormous difference to the club as a whole, during his 10-year tenure as head coach.
â€œTim has been the most influential figure in the Clubâ€™s 13 year history,â€ Trodden said.
â€œHe came to a Club that had not enjoyed success and was struggling to establish itself.â€
“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.
â€œThe 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.
â€œWe are very keen for Tim to continue with our Club in a senior role as part of our restructure.
â€œWe will now embark on the process of selecting the coach of the Wests Tigers NRL side in 2013.
â€œThis is clearly a critically important task that we will manage carefully and professionally over the coming weeks.â€
As a result of the decision, the club has devised a sub-committee, one that will start the process of finding a new coach for the club immediately.