While Anthony Seibold has done well at the Rabbitohs, he didn’t win anything in the second tier of rugby league.
While Anthony Seibold has done well at the Rabbitohs, he didn’t win anything in the second tier of rugby league.

Seibold facing battle with Kevvie loyalists

ANTHONY Seibold is walking into a political powder keg at the Broncos.

He will need a hide as thick as the university books he once studied to survive the flying shrapnel and bring the glory days back to the Broncos.

Never before in Brisbane's glittering 30-year history has its appointed coach been subjected to such venom, antagonism and pessimism before having a chance to prove his legitimacy.

The scary part for Seibold is the enemy within.

Wherever you look, Broncos legends are putting the boot in.

Gorden Tallis, Kerrod Walters, Chris Johns and Glenn Lazarus have come out swinging, the volley of punches aimed not so much at Seibold but club hierarchy for their treatment of favourite son Kevin Walters.

Either way, the ripples of discontent still have a flow-on effect for Seibold, who will have a tough enough job batting after Bradman (or Bennett) without an army of Broncos greats sniping from a distance.

When Wayne Bennett was appointed Brisbane's foundation coach in 1988, millions of proud Queenslanders were hoping their shiny new toy the Broncos would stick it up the arrogant snobs from Sydney.

Kevin Walters and Gorden Tallis are close mates and bleed the maroon of the Broncos.
Kevin Walters and Gorden Tallis are close mates and bleed the maroon of the Broncos.
 

When Ivan Henjak was named Bennett's successor in 2009, there were raised eyebrows but no furious opposition.

As small as 'Alfie' Langer, you almost wanted to hug pint-sized Ivan.

When Anthony Griffin replaced Henjak in 2011, he was a mystery man to many, which bought 'Hook' time to try to put a premiership stamp on the Broncos.

But Brisbane's poor handling of the Bennett succession plan, coupled with hierarchy's bitter fallout with the super coach over how to manage his exit, has left some terribly unfair turbulence for Seibold.

The Walters snub may linger at Red Hill for some time but ultimately all that matters now is this: can Seibold get the job done?

 

Ivan Henjak came to the Broncos without any real public opposition.
Ivan Henjak came to the Broncos without any real public opposition.
 

Critics will point to Seibold's resume and suggest not.

History shows coaches who win premierships in the second tier invariably win titles in the big league.

Bennett won premierships in the Brisbane State League before his glorious reign at Red Hill. Paul Green won two Intrust Super Cup titles before breaking North Queensland's 20-year drought.

Seibold has not won a title at any level, although his superb performance this year in steering Souths to a grand final qualifier is evidence he has the work ethic, tactical guile and intellect to rise to the challenge.

Coaching the Broncos is the ultimate challenge.

One suspects Seibold must win games and friends quickly before the enemy within demands a Red Hill revolution.



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