Newly appointed Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor admits he had lost some of his passion for coaching after being sacked by the Rabbitohs at the end of the 2009 season.
Taylor, 43, will head up the Tigers for the next three NRL seasons the club announced on Monday.
The joint venture also announced former Penrith boss of football and Parramatta chief executive Phil Moss in the newly-created general manager of football operations role.
An assistant under Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson for the last two NRL seasons, Taylor will take over from Mick Potter, who was told two weeks ago his two-year contract would not be extended after a tumultuous time at Concord.
Taylor has had success as a head coach beginning when he took over from Brian Smith at Parramatta midway through the 2006 season and took the Eels to the finals that year.
He was then appointed coach of South Sydney and took the Rabbitohs to their first final series in 18 years in his first season in charge.
Taylor failed to replicate that feat in 2008 and 2009 and was sacked at the end of his third season at Redfern after an altercation with forward David Fa’alogo at the team’s end-of-season celebrations.
That experience had a big impact on Taylor but he bounced back from that setback to play a key role in the Roosters’ success over the past two seasons under Robinson.
Taylor said his coaching career was reinvigorated working under Robinson at the Roosters.
“I lost a little of the passion for coaching with the issues I had but Trent Robinson reinvigorated my love for coaching,” Taylor told Fox Sports at Monday night’s Dally M Awards.
Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer said Taylor and Moss would help bring success back to the club.
“Both Phil and Jason embraced all of the criteria that the club set for these roles and knowing that they have shared a strong working relationship in the past, the board and management have great confidence that they will lead the Wests Tigers forward”, Mayer said.
“The partnership between Phil and Jason is imperative with both given very clear objectives. Phil will manage the entire football program, with Jason taking on the core coaching responsibilities for the NRL squad.
“The demands for head coaches these days are so diverse that having Phil in the general manager role will allow Jason to do what he does best.”
A near faultless goalkicker and tough half-back who played above his weight in 276 games for Western Suburbs, North Sydney, the Northern Eagles and Parramatta and Taylor at one time held the first-grade point-scoring record.
Taylor ushered Jarryd Hayne into the NRL and is seen as a coach who can bring out the best in the Tigers’ talented squad which includes some of the best young players in the game such as Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Curtis Sironen.
Taylor beat an impressive cast of candidates for the top job at Concord.
Those linked to being Potter’s successor include his former assistants Todd Payten and David Kidwell, Nathan Brown and Anthony Griffin.
Taylor and Moss will start their new roles no later than October 14 with pre-season training due to start on November 3.