The wheels are finally moving into motion for the Broncos with reports the club will start the interview process for the head coaching role this week and one candidate has huge support from the playing group.
It’s a step in the right direction for the once proud club who has had to put a halt on recruitment due to no certainty around the most important role at the club.
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The Courier Mail’s Pete Badel told NRL 360 interviews for the job kick off later this week, with Kevin Walters and Paul Green being the obvious frontrunners. But he also revealed there’s five genuine contenders.
“I spoke to a few people at the Broncos and they will kick off the interview process later this week for the coaching post next season,”
“I’ve also been told that Paul Green and Kevin Walters, obviously we know they’re the frontrunners, they will be granted interviews.
Broncos to start interviews
NRL: Courier Mail’s Pete Badel told NRL360 that the Broncos will kick off interviews for their coaching job later this week – and with10 applicants, 5 of them being genuine contenders.
“They’ve had 10 applicants at this stage for the job, I’m told five of those will be jettisoned and will have a shortlist of four or five, Kevvie and Greeny will be among those five.
“I’ve heard a couple of names (have been linked to the job), Neil Henry has been mentioned to me. He was linked to the Broncos job 10 years ago when Anthony Griffin got the job so he’s obviously pretty experienced.
“I’ve heard Shaun Wane, there’s been an overseas applicant, Shaun Wane the England coach applied for the Cowboys job last month. He could be a contender, although I think it would be a huge risk going with a Pommy coach.
“Then I’ve heard Shane and Ben Walker, the Ipswich premiership-winning duo have been linked to the job but I spoke to Shane today and he assures me he has not applied. So I think it will ultimately be a race in two.”
Walters very much seems to be the favourite with the playing group with the Courier Mail reporting he has the support of some of the playing group.
“Kevvie is a winner and someone like him is what we need around the place at the moment,” Broncos half Brodie Croft said.
“If Kevvie was to come into the club as coach, I would certainly endorse that.”
Broncos looking forward to fresh start in 2021
NRL: The Brisbane Broncos are already looking forward to having a fresh start in 2021 following their horror season in 2020.
Looking back on when Walters was assistant to Wayne Bennett, skipper Alex Glenn says he has the qualities to be a great Broncos coach.
“He helped lay the foundations for our club being so successful. He knows what this club means to him. His aura around our boys would be huge for our team and club.”
The Broncos hesitation on showing Anthony Seibold the door has come back to bite them with the club having to pull back on any changes and decisions to do with the playing roster considering any potential new signing would like to know who they would play under.
“The issue they’ve got at the moment is they don’t have a CEO for next year, they don’t have a coach in place yet and as a result they’ve put their whole retention and recruitment program on hold for the next three or four weeks,” Badel said.
Benji not done with yet
NRL: Benji Marshall was pressed on his future on NRL 360 and he believes he still has something to offer.
“This is a difficult decision at a critical time for the club because while we know the player market is fluid they can’t sign anyone until they sort out their coach because they want their coach to have some investment in their recruitment moving forward.
“This is a problem for the Broncos… but I don’t think there’s a lot of players the Broncos can move on and they’ve got 14 players off contract next year so I think they’re going to have to rely on their current group to get them out of this mess that they’re in next season.”
Also weighing on the Broncos’ appointment is the Queensland Origin coaching role. With Walters in the conversation to land the Brisbane gig, it leaves the Maroons job up in the air.
“The ramifications, it becomes a bit of a coaching merry-go-round,” Badel said.
“If Kevvie gets the job at the Broncos, that opens the door for Paul Green as the Maroons coach. If Paul Green gets the job at the Broncos, then Kevvie stays where he is at the Maroons.
“Of course there is Wayne Bennett lingering in the background, he’s been sounded out as a possible plan-B contingency for the Maroons but we’ll know in the next four to five days and I think we’ll have some more clarity around the Broncos position, when that’s sorted, then we’ll know more about the Queensland Origin position in the coming months.”
Originally published asInside word on Broncos’ coach decision
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