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Dragons might hold fire on Paul McGregor’s axing and it could affect Shane Flanagan’s future

The Dragons may opt to delay under-fire coach Paul McGregor’s sacking until the end of the season for financial reasons and it could affect Shane Flanagan’s future at the club.

Phil Rothfield reported the Dragons Round 14 clash with the Eels will be Mcgregor’s last, but Danny Weidler believes waiting until the end of the season makes more financial sense.

“I don’t think he’ll be the coach there next year … but whether they get rid of him now, it doesn’t make financial sense for the club in a lot of ways because if he can last until November, there’s a far cheaper payout for the Dragons and we know we’re in a difficult financial time,” Weidler said on 100% Footy.

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Mary facing Dragons exit

NRL: Buzz Rothfield tells NRL 360 that Paul McGregor’s job will be discussed at a Dragons board meeting next week and the board is split. He believes this week will be McGregor’s last at the Dragons.

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“I guess the only reason for him to go early would be planning. That would be the only reason.

“But I don’t think he’ll be coach next year. Whether his exit is as early as this week, that’s been talked about.

“I know there’s a board meeting next Tuesday and obviously Mary’s future will be on the agenda, as it has been previously. It makes more sense to say goodbye to him in November.”

McGregor has won just eight of his last 31 games as Dragons coach and the time has come for a change of direction.

The club legend has won 69 and lost 81 of his 150 NRL games as head coach of the Dragons for a win percentage of 46.0.

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However McGregor’s imminent departure could have repercussions for assistant Shane Flanagan’s future at the club.

Flanagan came to the club to join forces with McGregor and his head coaching ban doesn’t expire until 2022.

Whether he wants to stay on under an incoming coach on a multi-year deal is up in the air, according to Weidler.

Dragons assistant coach Shane Flanagan might leave if Paul McGregor is sacked.Source:AAP

“I’d like to see Shane Flanagan back coaching a first grade side but I don’t think he’s going to get a reduction in his penalty,” Weidler said.

“There doesn’t seem to be a strong appetite [among NRL officials] for that to happen.

“Shane’s future might depend a bit on what Paul McGregor does. If he’s gone, he (Flanagan) went there to be with McGregor.

“It might mean Flanagan has to go somewhere else; maybe like a Bulldogs, for instance, who have got a new coach (Trent Barrett).”

Originally published asDragons might hold fire on McGregor’s axing and it could affect Flanagan’s future

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