Anthony Seibold and the Broncos may part ways as soon as today as the two parties’ tumultuous relationship draws closer to an end.
The Brisbane coach met with chairman Karl Morris on Friday to discuss his future and the club has offered him a million-dollar payout to walk away from his contract early.
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Seibold is only in the second-year of a five-year deal but his position is essentially untenable after the year from hell. The Broncos have only won three games all season — including just once from 13 attempts since the NRL season restarted in May — and sit second-last on the ladder.
Biosecurity breaches by players and staff and reports of a divided dressing room have hurt the club, while Seibold has endured personal trauma to go with his professional pain.
The 45-year-old was forced into self-isolation for two weeks after staying in Sydney to deal with a “serious” family matter after the Round 13 loss to the Rabbitohs, and he has since hired lawyers and cybersecurity experts after vile rumours were spread about him online.
Daily Telegraph reporter Phil Rothfield believes Seibold’s time at Red Hill may be over by this afternoon.
“I think his manager Isaac Moses will run it (the settlement offer) past lawyers today, and I think by the end of play this afternoon the Broncos will officially have cut ties with Anthony,” Rothfield told the Big Sports Breakfast.
Rothfield believes Broncos legend Kevin Walters will replace Seibold, meaning he will relinquish his duties as Queensland Origin coach.
Walters has the support of Broncos old boys, who were furious one of the club’s favourite sons was snubbed for the head coaching role in the first place when Wayne Bennett left at the end of 2018.
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Anthony Seibold has been under pressure all year.Source:News Corp Australia
However, Walters said it was “pointless” speculating about Seibold’s future until he or the club confirm something, and added the Broncos have not been in touch with him about the possibility of taking over as coach.
“I haven’t had any contact at all with the Broncos about what’s happening there,” Walters told the Big Sports Breakfast.
“I’ve just tried to stay in my lane and be respectful of everything that’s going on.
“I understand that Anthony’s under an enormous amount of pressure and the Broncos themselves have been since we came back from COVID … it’s just been horrible since the return of play.”
Rothfield said while Seibold hasn’t had everything his own way in the Queensland capital, the team should be performing better than it is. He also said the Broncos’ administration needs to take responsibility for the sad state of affairs, in addition to the players and coaches.
“Seibold inherited a roster with a lot of overpaid players … the Anthony Milfords, the Jack Birds, the Darius Boyds were soaking up almost $3 million of the salary cap,” Rothfield said.
“A lot of coaches come in at new clubs and don’t get the roster they want. I think with the talent he did have, despite those players being on too much money, the Broncos have not been entitled to be performing as poorly as they have.
“It’s the right decision for him to move on, not just for personal reasons … but for the fact this club needs to get a restart.
“The Broncos’ front office has been performing as badly as the players the last couple of years.”
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