‘It’s simply past me’: Tigers chairman responds to Cheika rumours, blasts media leaks

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis has admitted his frustration over stories circulating of who the joint-merger membership is eyeing off for its vacant head of soccer function.

In the previous 36 hours, Eels General Manager Mark O’Neill and former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika have been reported as candidates for the place.

Speaking with SEN on Tuesday morning, Hagipantelis didn’t dispute the rumours of Cheika being mentioned for a task on the membership, nevertheless clearly wasn’t completely happy it had been data that had been made public.

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“I’m told he’s (Cheika) a very impressive character and people speak very, very highly of him, but as to the Wests Tigers and the Head of Football role, all the applicants and candidates are being considered on a strictly confidential basis,” Hagipantelis stated.

“Again, here we are talking about things being reported in the paper to my consternation. It’s just beyond me to explain this.

“We are going through the process at the moment but there are a number of qualified applicants that have put themselves in the picture, we had a board meeting last night and had discussions but there’s also a review going on as well.

“The board last night resolved just to sit back for the moment and allow the review process to go through, because there might be a bit of overlay between the two in terms of governance, so we are just going to sit back at the moment.

“We’ve been warmly humbled by the quality of the candidates and those who have shown interest in the role.”

Cheika has the excellence of teaching in two World Cups in as a few years in numerous sports activities.


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He is at the moment teaching Argentina within the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup, not 12 months after main Lebanon to its finest ever consequence on the Rugby League World Cup on the finish of final 12 months.

Andrew Voss believes Cheika can be a giant “asset to the game of rugby league” and value a membership taking a flyer and hiring him in some capability.

“I am firmly in the Michael Cheika camp. I think he would be an asset to the game of rugby league, on what I witnessed at the Rugby League World Cup last year,” Voss stated on his SEN breakfast present.

“All the feedback I got from people like Mitchell Moses (Lebanon halfback) who said he’d never heard as impressive a speaker at halftime, pregame, build up than Michael Cheika.

“He’s got a bit to offer as a man-manager.”

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O’Neill in the meantime, would even be thought of considerably of a controversial selection for the job contemplating his historical past.

A premiership hero in 2005, the 48-year-old stood down from his basic supervisor function on the Tigers in 2016 after allegations of misconduct with a feminine workers member.

He has held the final supervisor place on the Eels since 2018.

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