22 hours ago
Terry Lamb Feeling Bitter.
Wests Tigers coach Terry Lamb says he's been driven out of rugby league by people with "forked tongues".
The former NSW and Test five-eighth will leave the National Rugby League club at the end of this season after the Tigers announced on June 20 they would not renew his contract.
Lamb said he wanted to take a break before deciding on his future career, ruling out any plans to apply for the NSW Origin coaching job left vacant by Phil Gould.
"I think what's happened in the past few months has turned me off footy a bit," Lamb said.
"I'd be happy just to sit home and watch it.
"I've supported it all my life but a few things have happened and there's some people that I'm not getting on with at the moment and who are pushing me out of the game a little bit."
Asked to elaborate, Lamb added: "It's everything. It's things that have happened with people who all talk with forked-tongues."
He wouldn't specify who he was talking about.
Lamb believed Brian Smith would take over from Gould, despite the Parramatta coach also denying interest in putting his name forward for the Origin job.
"He's got Parramatta where they are now for a reason - because he works hard and he's a very smart coach," Lamb commented.
"I've always said it'd be easier to coach a NSW or a Queensland team but there's a lot of pressure on you if you lose."
Lamb said he was joking at first when he said he wanted to drive a brewery truck but that career path had grown in attraction.
"I was joking at the time but when I start thinking about it, it's good money, he said.
"You work for yourself and work your own hours so the harder you work the more money you get paid.
"I haven't had a proper job for a long time and maybe it's time for me to go out and do some hard work and find out what people do out there in the real world."