Cleary takes over at Wests Tigers until 2020

By Tom Webber 3 April 2017
Cleary takes over at Wests Tigers until 2020

Wests Tigers have appointed Ivan Cleary as their new head coach until the end of the 2020 NRL season.

The Tigers made the announcement on Monday after sacking former boss Jason Taylor just three games into the season, with interim head coach Andrew Webster overseeing successive defeats to Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Cleary began his coaching career at New Zealand Warriors before making the switch to Penrith Panthers in 2012, where he was named the Dally M coach of the year in 2014.

With the Tigers sitting bottom of the ladder, Cleary hopes to be able to turn their fortunes around.

"This is a great opportunity to join a club with a lot of potential," said Cleary in an official statement.

"I look forward to getting to work with the playing group and coaching staff.

"Wests Tigers are a huge brand with a strong membership base and a lot of supporters and I look forward to getting stuck in over the coming weeks.

"Day one is today [Monday] and from here we start working on improving, we'll do a lot of exploring and analysis on how things work at Wests Tigers and how the people within the club work. We need to decide as a group what we want to be and go about achieving this.

"I can't wait to get to work here. It's no secret that I've missed it, this is a fresh start for me and I'm committed to seeing this club reach its potential and to be the success that I know it can be."

The Tigers are away to North Queensland Cowboys in round six on Saturday.

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