By Jack Brady
Tim Sheen has been at the Wests Tigers since 2003. A whole decade ago it was when Sheens was handed the keys to the Tigers castle and to be frank he hasn’t really done a whole lot with them. Yeah sure, he has unearthed some of the greatest ever players to don the orange jersey in Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah and he won the 2005 premiership with the club, but apart from that, the Tigers have pretty much struggled their way through the last ten years of football.
Don’t believe me? Please read on.
Since Tim Sheens has been the Wests Tigers coach he has only made the top eight three times (2005, 2010 and 2011). He has finished ninth three times (2004, 2007 and 2009), tenth twice (2008 and 2012), 11th in 2006 and 13th in 2003. Not greatly impressive whatsoever is it?
In saying this, while I do agree that the club needed a change in coach. The way the Tigers have handled themselves in doing so has been tremendously poor especially to a coach who has and will continue to leave a lasting legacy on our great game of Rugby League.
Regardless of his average record at the Tigers, Sheens is a man who has coached almost 600 games at the top level. A man who has coached Canberra to three premierships, City and NSW to series wins and who is now the current Australian coach. Sheens was also a more than reasonable player during the 70’s for Penrith.
The Wests Tigers management definitely could’ve handled this situation better.
You just knew shit was about to hit the fan when Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington signed with Cronulla last week, and while the Tigers have offered him another position at the club, this was only so they didn’t have to pay him out the $900,000 he would’ve been owned.
When Tigers Chairman David Trodden announced that Sheens was not going to be coaching the club in 2013 it was quite obvious to see that the man was lying through his teeth when asked as to whether they had offered him another job so they didn’t have to pay him out.
Whether Sheens remains with the club is yet to be seen. All that can be said though is the club should’ve gone through this process a lot smoother and with more respect that has been failed to be sustained to this past week.
We at the “Brady Foray!” would like to wish Mr. Sheens good luck for the future.