Tim Sheens ... expected to leave the Tigers in the next few days. Photo: Getty Images
WESTS TIGERS and coach Tim Sheens are expected to part company within days.
The club's management was giving nothing away yesterday, and Sheens did not respond to the Herald's attempt to contact him, but the indications are that the marriage is over and it is only the divorce settlement that has to be worked out.
Sheens has two years left of a contract that is understood to be worth $450,000 a year. The Tigers obviously wouldn't want to pay out the full amount, but how much they will have to spend depends on the attitude of the coach. He can hang out for all of it if he wants.
There have been suggestions the Warriors may be interested in picking up Sheens as coach, to replace the sacked Brian McClennan, but sources have repeatedly told the Herald that Sheens is not in the frame for that job.
Asked yesterday if he could rule Sheens out as a possibility, Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said: ''I've got no comment to make on our coaching situation, other than to say we expect to have a new coach in place within a fortnight.''
Scurrah made it clear that no matter how many names of possible coaches were thrown at him his answer would be the same.
Tigers chief executive Steve Humphreys yesterday said he ''isn't going to give a running commentary on the club's coaching situation''.
The club held a board meeting on Thursday night and Humphreys emerged from it to say that the club would ''complete our review process and agree our future plans in a prompt but orderly fashion to ensure the best possible outcome for the club''.
Yesterday, Humphreys said: ''It would be good if we could go about our business and talk about things when we know, but everyone wants a tidbit here and there. That makes our job more difficult.
''It's fair to say it's not going to take a long time. It's in no one's best interests to drag it out, and we do want to move through things as quickly as we can, but we don't want to make the mistake of rushing things. We want to manage the situation the right way.''
Balmain great Ben Elias, who as a then Wests Tigers director delivered Sheens to the club almost a decade ago, indicated that the veteran coach had run his race at Concord.
''We didn't make the top eight, and some dramatic and rational decisions have to be made,'' Elias said yesterday.
''Now the coach thinks it could be the players, but a lot of people think the buck stops with the coach.
''The thing about being there for 10 years is you can't say you've come and inherited this disease or this rot in the place, because you've created that culture.
''You've decided to sign those players, you've selected your staff, your talent scouts, your junior structure.
''The coach is responsible for every square centimetre of our club. Not making the semi-finals, when you lose more games than you win, you've got to be accountable. When you're in a corner people point the finger.''
Elias said he was still glad to have brought Sheens to the club in 2003, especially since the Tigers won the premiership in 2005, but he was saddened by the departures of Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan from the Tigers to Cronulla this week.
''He certainly came to our club when we needed a bloke with a level head and a lot of experience, and he absolutely gave us that,'' Elias said. ''He gave us direction and he gave us a premiership.''