Outspoken former NSW coach Tommy Raudonikis said Geoff Toovey is the man the Wests Tigers need to get the club back on track.
After dumping Jason Taylor three weeks into the new season, the Tigers have handed the interim job to Taylor’s former assistant Andrew Webster.
Raudonikis, who played 239 matches for Western Suburbs and Newtown before delving into a coaching career that included five years at the Magpies and two in charge of the Blues in the State of Origin, told Nine’s NRL Footy Show that Toovey’s hardline approach was needed.
Tonny Raudonikis wants Geoff Toovey, a man he coach at State of Origin level, to coach the Wests Tigers.
If the Tigers do go after Toovey, he would need to get a release from his job at English club Bradford.
The premiership-winning Sea Eagles player only signed with the Bulls in January. His new team are six games into a new season and boast a 3-3 record in that country’s secondary competition.
”I think the Wests Tigers can go forward with this by hiring a little bloke I coached in State of Origin, that’s the halfback Geoff Toovey,’’ he said.
”He’s tough, he’s hard. He won’t put up with any nonsense. And I reckon he’ll do a wonderful job.’’
After saying he felt Taylor didn’t deserve to lose his job, Raudonikis took aim at Wests Tigers halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks.
”What about the players, they’ve got a lot of blame for this. I’m filthy on them,’’ he said.
”They’ve got to be accountable for the performances on the paddock. Absolute disgrace.
‘’Brooks and Moses, I tell you what. They call them superstars. Well, superstars you aren’t.’’
Paul Vautin thinks player power was behind the sacking of Jason Taylor.
Footy Show co-host Paul Vautin thinks player power was behind Taylor’s sacking.
”They won the first game comfortably. Look they’ve got the worst point scoring record and the worst defence after three weeks. Two really bad defeats,’’ he said.
”But still, to be sacked after three weeks. How come the board’s all of a sudden changed their mind?
”To me it can only be … and this is from the outside … they’ve spoken to some of the players. To me player power has made this decision.’’