Maguire out as Rabbitohs coach

06 September 2017 21:25:22 GMTPlus10

Michael Maguire has been axed as South Sydney Rabbitohs coach.

The Rabbitohs acted after a board meeting on Tuesday, saying they had later met with the coach and agreed to part company.

Club general manager of football Shane Richardson said Souths would always be indebted to Maguire, who guided them to the premiership title in 2014.

Michael also feels it's in his best interest to head in a different direction in his coaching career.

Shane Richardson

The coach also led the Rabbitohs to the 2015 Auckland Nines title and the World Club Challenge the same year.

But Richardson said: "We feel it's time for the club to go along a different path in terms of the leadership of the team and the direction the team is taking, and they are the responsibilities of the head coach.

"Michael also feels it's in his best interest to head in a different direction in his coaching career."

Maguire coached the Rabbitohs in 153 NRL games, the fourth-most in the club's history.

He had two years left to run on his contract, but was dumped at the end of a disappointing campaign in which they finished 12th with nine wins from 24 games.

The former Wigan Warriors coach joined South Sydney ahead of the 2012 season, and leaves with a 56 per cent winning record.

The Rabbitohs came within one game of the grand final in his first season in charge, then won the premiership in 2014. They beat the Bulldogs 30-6 to clinch the title for the first time since 1971.

Owner Russell Crowe said: "I hold him in the highest regard as a coach and as a man. The fact that the board, the chairman, the CEO, the GM of football and Michael were able to talk frankly about future direction and come to an amicable and mutual agreement speaks to maturity of our culture which Michael has given so much effort to building."

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