Wests Tigers board meeting to decide Jason Taylor's fate as he faces the sack

Under pressure: Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor. Photo: Mark Nolan
Under pressure: Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor. Photo: Mark Nolan

The Wests Tigers will hold a board meeting on Monday night to decide the future of coach Jason Taylor with the besieged coach facing the sack.

Fairfax Media has been told the team's unacceptable past two performances will be on the agenda, which could spell the end of Taylor's NRL coaching career.

The club denied a decision on the coach's future had been made, however results and the body language of the playing group suggest Taylor's days are numbered.

One club official said: "Our performance will be a discussion point" at Monday's monthly board meeting.

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 future of the 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.

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 - skipper Aaron Woods, State of Origin fullback James Tedesco and halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks are all free agents - and the Tim Simona betting scandal.

If Taylor is fired he will become the first NRL coach to be axed in 18 months after all 16 survived last season and see the Tigers move on to 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.


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