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Slow-moving search worries Elias

"We need leadership, and that comes from the coach. We're about six weeks behind everyone else" ... Tigers legend Ben Elias.

"We need leadership, and that comes from the coach. We're about six weeks behind everyone else" ... Tigers legend Ben Elias. Photo: Bob Pearce

Wests Tigers are edging towards the appointment of their coach - but it is the fact they are edging at all that is concerning some.

Ben Elias, a club great and former board member, admitted he was becoming frustrated by the delays in appointing a replacement for Tim Sheens.

The club is believed to have narrowed its search down to two candidates - Melbourne assistant Kevin Walters and former Bradford and St Helens coach Mick Potter - but with no official announcement coming, some are getting restless.

Elias believes the delays in appointing a new coach have left the Tigers about six weeks behind other clubs. ''I think for our supporters, our sponsors and also importantly our players, we have to get someone in sooner rather than later,'' Elias said. ''We need leadership, and that comes from the coach. We're about six weeks behind everyone else … The coach has to implement procedures, bring in his culture as well as his support staff. That doesn't happen overnight.''

It has been speculated the Tigers will make a decision this week. Radio host Alan Jones, a supporter of one of the candidates, Matt Parish, also criticised the process yesterday.

Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys has interviewed candidates, while a subcommittee will discuss the appointment before it is put to the full board.

''We understand the interest in the subject and obviously have no desire to drag out an outcome,'' he said. ''That would be counter-productive for all concerned, especially the candidates who have invested a lot of their time in the process. That said, the board will take as long as is necessary to get this critical decision right in the best interests of the club.''

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