COULD this be a glimpse into the future — Sea Eagles icon Geoff Toovey with Tigers stripes?
The former Manly coach has been linked to the job as new head coach of the embattled Wests Tigers- but he was unaware of the reports until contacted by the Manly Daily in the north of England, where he is currently residing.
“I don’t know anything about it and no one has approached me so far,” Toovey said.
“That’s all I can really say.
“And I have a job over here at the moment.”
Toovey was appointed coach of the Bradford Bulls at the start of this year and has not lost any of his passion for the job despite being sacked by Manly in 2015.
And it would be no surprise if he returned to the NRL in the future should an opportunity present itself.
And that could be at Leichhardt where Jason Taylor got the boot as Tigers’ coach on Monday after the team was thrashed in consecutive weeks by Penrith and Canberra.
His assistant Andrew Webster was appointed interim coach while the club starts the search for a fulltime replacement.
It has been suggested that Toovey had joined the shortlist of candidates to take over the job along with current NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley and former Warriors and Panthers coach Ivan Cleary.
Toovey has not yet been able to officially start coaching the Bulls who play in the Championship competition as his British work visa as not yet come through.
That means that he continues to “observe” from the sidelines until the appropriate paperwork comes through.
Cleary, who is considered the frontrunner for the job, is a Sea Eagles junior who played first grade fullback for the club in 1992 and 1993 where he did a great job replacing the injured Matthew Ridge.
He then continued his playing career with North Sydney, the Roosters and the Warriors.