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Michael Maguire eyes up another crack at an NRL gig after Tigers sacking

Michael Maguire will NOT follow in Nathan Brown’s footsteps and walk away from coaching as former Wests boss notices another crack at NRL appearance following Tigers sacking

  • Michael Maguire wants another crack at an NRL job after being fired from Tigers
  • The beleaguered former Wests coach was relieved of his duties this month
  • Ex-Warriors coach Nathan Brown said he doesn’t want another job as head coach
  • However, Maguire has backed himself to win another premiership as a coach

Michael Maguire insists he remains eager to return to the NRL after his resignation from Tigers and believes he still has what it takes to win another premiership.

Maguire, 48, was sent home earlier this month after overseeing a dismal run of results at Wests, with the club looking to change direction under a new coach.

The club gave Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo a tour of its facilities on Monday and hopes to spark rivals Canterbury’s interest in his signature next season.

Michael Maguire insists he is desperate to get back into NRL head coach position

Michael Maguire insists he is desperate to get back into NRL head coach position

Maguire is one of three coaches to get their marching orders this season, with Trent Barrett being fired by the Bulldogs while Nathan Brown left the Warriors. Brown revealed he would no longer pursue a career as a head coach in the NRL, but Maguire insists he still has a burning desire to coach at the highest level.

‘Whether at international or NRL level, [coaching] is what I love to do,” Maguire – who coaches New Zealand’s international team – told the Sydney Morning Herald

“If I’m lucky enough to go to another opportunity, I’m going to throw myself into it, not unlike anything I’ve had before.

The 48-year-old got his marching orders earlier this month after a dismal run of results

The 48-year-old got his marching orders earlier this month after a dismal run of results

Former Warriors coach Nathan Brown (above) said he had no interest in pursuing another job as head coach, but that's not the case for Maguire

Former Warriors coach Nathan Brown (above) said he had no interest in pursuing another job as head coach, but that’s not the case for Maguire

‘I am now coaching and where the coaching trajectory takes me, it will find itself.

“I’m very lucky to be able to roll in international football now and that’s my next role, we’ll see what we can achieve at that level.

‘I like coaching teams and players, creating a strong staff, so [the NRL] is something I clearly want to do.”

Maguire has won premierships in both hemispheres, with Wigan and South Sydney, and insists he still has the coaching prowess to do it again.

“That’s certainly a goal of mine, to repeat it,” he said.

Maguire coaches New Zealand's international side but looks forward to another crack at the NRL

Maguire coaches New Zealand’s international side but looks forward to another crack at the NRL

“I’ve chased it in two countries and I remain hungry to reach it again. It ensures that so many people together build a bond that you have for life.

“You’re always chasing that.”

No coach has been criticized more than Maguire at the start of the year, but despite the enormous pressure on his shoulders, the 48-year-old said he remains passionate about the game.

“That’s why I jump right back into what I’m doing now,” he said.

“I’ve been able to talk to a lot of Kiwi players and get together and see what they want to achieve.

‘What they want to achieve, how they want to approach things, I’m happy with that.’

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