Maguire departs Souths amidst Warrington rumours

Former Wigan coach Michael Maguire has parted company with South Sydney Rabbitohs amidst talk he could be returning to Super League with Warrington.

However, sources close to the Wolves have dismissed the speculation and a move elsewhere in the NRL seems most likely for the 43-year-old.

Maguire coached Wigan to their first Super League title in 10 years back in 2010, and also led them to the 2011 Challenge Cup.

He returned to Australia with Souths, and led them to their first premiership in more than 40 years in 2014.

Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson, said: “Michael helped deliver the premiership title in 2014 and for this we will always be indebted to him.

“However, we feel it’s time for the club to go along a different path in terms of the leadership of the team and the direction the team is taking, and they are the responsibilities of the Head Coach.

“Michael also feels it’s in his best interest to head in a different direction in his coaching career.

“Michael is a great head coach and we believe he will go on to do a good job at another club.”

Maguire has been heavily linked with the Gold Coast Titans job.

Warrington boss Tony Smith has been under pressure from supporters this season after the Wolves finished in Super League’s bottom four, less than 12 months after appearing in both the Challenge Cup final and the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

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