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Australia NRL 2020: Wayne Bennett unleashes on Brisbane Broncos management, Anthony Seibold

19:52  30 june  2020
19:52  30 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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A fed-up Wayne Bennett has fired back at the Brisbane Broncos’ suggestions he left the club in a bad way and openly questioned Anthony Seibold’s coaching abilities.

Bennett delivered six premierships in 25 seasons in charge of the Broncos before his second stint at Red Hill ended acrimoniously.

The 70-year-old was contracted to coach the Broncos in 2019 but was sacked in December, 2018 after several months of tension with management.

He swapped seats with Seibold, who immediately took control of the Broncos on a lucrative five-year contract, with Bennett taking the helm at South Sydney on a three-year deal.

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Fast-forward 19 months and the Broncos are a club in crisis following five-straight losses, including a 59-0 hammering from the Sydney Roosters, since the resumption of the 2020 season.

Seibold is under intense pressure to keep his job despite having three-and-a-half seasons to run on his reported five-year, $5 million deal.

But in an apparent effort to ease the pressure on the current coach, Broncos chairman Karl Morris told Fairfax Media the club always knew Seibold would need two years to ‘sort out the issues he was inheriting’.

An incensed Bennett, who has stayed mostly silent since his contentious departure from the club he helped build, subsequently launched a stunning media offensive to defend his reputation.

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“I have shut my mouth since I left the club 18 months ago but I will not sit back and cop or tolerate them, the management at that club, trying to lay the responsibility on my feet for their poor decisions,” Bennett told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“… For the chairman to come out and suggest that I let the roster run down or whatever he was saying, is very insulting.”

Bennett insists he was ‘very happy’ with the Broncos’ 2019 roster before he was shown the door.

He added all recruitment decisions were made by a four-person committed that included CEO Paul White, board member and club legend Darren Lockyer, recruitment manager and Peter Nolan and himself.

In a separate interview with News Limited, Bennett took direct aim at Seibold.

“Seibold has 12 players with Origin or Test experience,” he told The Courier Mail.

“What are we talking here? We are being lost in the smoke-and-mirrors. There is a lot of talent there under Seibold but no-one is playing to their talent.”

The 15th-placed Broncos face the New Zealand Warriors in a must-win clash on Saturday night.

Bennett’s Bunnies, who have managed three victories in 2020 – one more than the Broncos – play Canterbury on Sunday.

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