Bennett will not be sacked, insist Broncos

By Ben Spratt 17 August 2018 1
Bennett will not be sacked, insist Broncos

Brisbane Broncos chief executive Paul White insists Wayne Bennett will remain their head coach for the 2019 season, despite an earlier approach for Craig Bellamy.

The Broncos have been linked with North Queensland Cowboys boss Paul Green, South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold and New Zealand's Michael Maguire, increasing speculation that Bennett could depart.

But White is adamant there has been no approach for a new man since Brisbane's interest in Bellamy, who subsequently signed a new deal with Melbourne Storm.

The Storm man would have taken charge in 2020, when England boss Bennet departed, but the Broncos are now focused on moving forward with their current coach.

"There is no risk to Wayne's contract at this club in 2019," White told a news conference. "The Craig Bellamy issue was a little bit unique.

"He is a marquee coach. He wasn't under contract and I think you would have all been critical of our club if we didn't at least reach out and see if there was an opportunity for him to consider coming to our club. 

"Once the Craig Bellamy matter was concluded, we bunkered down and have endeavoured ever since to respect the process. Yes, we went after one coach, but we haven't gone back into the market since and we are not going to be rushed into that decision."

Meanwhile, Maguire has been linked with a series of clubs, yet claims to know nothing of any interest.

He told Macquarie Sports Radio: "I'm aware that there is a lot of noise around the coaching but, at the moment, I have full respect for the coaches that are there and I'm not going to go into too much detail because I don't have any."

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