As Anthony Seibold's turbulent reign at Brisbane nears its conclusion, Brisbane's largest private shareholder is so disillusioned at the freefall of the Broncos that he would consider selling his stake in the NRL's glamour club.
Seibold was on Monday still preparing to re-enter his team's biosecurity bubble after two weeks in isolation, leaving his home briefly for a second and final COVID-19 test.
Anthony Seibold has endured a disastrous time at the Broncos.Credit:Getty
Murphy said he wasn't yet contemplating clearing his books but for the first time would consider discussions about his not-insignificant stake in the publicly listed club, of which he is the largest shareholder outside News Corp.
"If there's somebody out there interested in buying my shares in the Broncos, I'd talk to them. I don't know what would happen but I'd talk to them," said Murphy, speaking in Townsville, where the long-time supporter and sponsor of Jeff Horn has flown for the boxer's bout on Wednesday against Tim Tszyu.
"I love the club. I'm not saying I would sell my shares but if there is someone out there that has so much in his or her head to reinvigorate the whole club, I'd love to talk to that person if they are out there."
Murphy resisted saying Seibold should get the axe but did not paint a rosy picture of his tenure.
"I've been asked that many times. He came to the club with a good record but his record since he's been at the club has been crap," he said.
"If you tried to write the worst debacle, the worst fall from grace of any sporting club in the world, you could not write what has continually happened week in, week-out, for the last 18 months at the Broncos.
"It becomes like a disease. If you get cancer, you've got to treat it, but they haven't cut it out."
The lead candidate to succeed Seibold, Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters, told Sydney's Sky Sports Radio on Monday he had not had any talks with the Broncos about the job but said "if I can get back there and help them, I'd love to do that in some way".
Walters, who is in the race to take over at Red Hill alongside ousted North Queensland mentor Paul Green, would have to give up the Maroons position to coach the club at which he won five grand finals.
The sense of uncertainty at the competition's richest outfit was summed up by Broncos veteran Darius Boyd.
The former captain said the players were expecting Seibold back at training on Wednesday ahead of their game against dual premiers Sydney Roosters on Friday night, given he had been absent since leaving the team bubble to attend to a family issue in Sydney a fortnight ago.
But Boyd has also been around long enough to know the connection between smoke and fire.
"It'd be ideal to get some clarity one way or the other, but at the end of the day that comes down to the head honchos at the club," he said.
"They have to decide what they think is best going forward."
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