After suffering through four decades of irrelevance, Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe has reportedly had enough of losing after just two seasons out of the finals.
According to NRL 360’s Paul Kent, Crowe is unhappy with the Rabbitohs’ recent results, and considering moving on coach Michael Maguire.
“There’s a bit of a whisper floating around the game, the big man Russell Crowe has really had a gutful at South Sydney,” Kent said. “It’s yet another season where they don’t look like making the finals.”
“Michael Maguire has re-signed, but I’m told that doesn’t really matter.”
“I think you’ll find the person that’s the pea for the job is Anthony Seibold, his assistant coach, who comes through the Melbourne Storm system.”
The lack of patience with his premiership-winning coach after just two seasons of disappointment is somewhat surprising, but given the frustrating and often one-dimensional style of play at the Rabbitohs, it mightn’t be the worst idea.
That said, they should be a lot stronger in 2018 regardless, with the return from injury of Greg Inglis, and the addition of State of Origin player of the series Dane Gagai.
It’s a tough call, and it’s likely that the Rabbitohs’ style and execution over the remaining seven weeks will have as much of an influence over Maguire’s future as the results themselves.
Maguire is in his sixth season coaching the Rabbitohs, with a career winning percentage of 56.2%. He’s made the finals four times, making 3 preliminary finals, and winning the Grand Final in 2014.