The following is an official press release from the Wests Tigers:
Following intense speculation regarding the future of Mick Potter as Head Coach of Wests Tigers, the Club’s Board has met tonight and decided that contract negotiations will be put on hold until the side’ 2014 campaign comes to an end.
The meeting was originally convened on the basis that Mick Potter requested direction on his future.
The Board and Management fully support the coaching staff and players and want to give them every chance to push towards a top eight finish this season.
Wests Tigers Chairman Mike Bailey said that the focus for the Club needs to be on the field.
“The team has fought hard to put us in a position to compete for a top eight finish in 2014,” said Bailey. “Ongoing speculation about the Club’s three coaches is unhelpful and destabilising at a time where we need unity. Members and sponsors have voiced their disappointment at how this has been played out in the open forum. This stops now.”
Bailey went on to say that this decision was the best to allow Wests Tigers players to continue to focus on football.
“At no stage have the players approached the Board on matters relating to the coaching staff.”
Head Coach Mick Potter confirmed that he shares the Board’s sentiment.
“Ideally I would have like to have had this sorted months ago but am happy to put this to one side until our team’s future is known.”
The Club will make no further comment on this issue.