NRL 2020: Cowboys linked to Wayne Bennett as coach to replace Paul Green
The NRL rumour mill is running hot with former Cowboys coach Paul Green’s shock exit triggering a speculated game of musical chairs.
The Cowboys reportedly pushed Green out the door last week with the premiership-winning coach leading the team against the Panthers on the weekend, despite knowing his time was up.
His departure has now set pieces moving as the NRL coaches market heats up for the 2021 season.
According to unsubstantiated speculation, Wayne Bennett has emerged as a “likely” replacement for Green, despite remaining contracted to South Sydney until the end of the 2021 season.
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Green, meanwhile, has also been linked by reports as a “likely” option to both take over the Warriors’ head coaching position or replace under-fire Broncos coach Anthony Seibold if Brisbane continues its downwards spiral.
Fox Sports reporter James Hooper first reported the likely link between Bennett and the Cowboys gig.
“The one which makes the most sense is Wayne Bennett,” Hooper wrote.
“I’m not saying it is over the line but it would not stun me if the seven-time premiership-winner somehow ended up in Townsville next season.
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“Paul Green would be the perfect style of coach to take on the New Zealand Warriors assignment.”
Green’s possible move across the ditch would free up interim Warriors coach Todd Payten as a possible contender for the Cowboys’ job.
The Australian’s Brent Read on Monday identified Payten as one of the five leading candidates likely to be on the Cowboys’ shopping list.
Read tweeted Storm assistant coach Jason Ryles, St Helens coach Kristian Woolf, former Panthers coach Anthony Griffin and English coach Shaun Wane are the standout contenders.
The Cowboys said on Monday the club will start a search for its next coach with
The Daily Telegraph first reported Griffin is the early front-runner to replace Green.
Assistant coach Josh Hannay will coach the club until the end of the season.
North Queensland has missed the finals the past two seasons and has slumped to 12th after 10 rounds in 2020, winning just three games all year.
“After seven years as head coach it is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement,” Green said in a statement. “The board felt that the club was at a juncture where they needed to move in a different direction, and I can only respect their views.
Cowboys coach Paul Green reportedly has options.Source:Getty Images
“Whilst this is obviously disappointing news, I am grateful to the board for allowing me to lead this club whilst creating some lifelong memories. I will use this next period to freshen up, spend some time with my family and assess options before moving on to my next coaching role.”
Speaking at a press conference, Green added: “While my time as Cowboys coach has come to an end, my time as a head coach has not so I’ll be looking for an opportunity at some stage.”
Channel 9’s Danny Weidler said on Twitter the Broncos are an “obvious fit” if Green wants to continue his coaching career in the NRL.
Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold’s tenure is hanging by a thread as the Broncos languish in 14th, having lost seven of their past eight games and they’re coming off a 48-0 thrashing by the Tigers on Friday night. Despite being in just the second year of a five-year deal, many pundits believe Seibold doesn’t have long left at Red Hill as the club slumps to its lowest ever ebb.
Green played briefly for the Broncos before retiring in 2004 and held coaching roles there from 2005-2009, fuelling speculation he is being lined up to take over from Seibold. Club legends have blasted the organisation for its 2020 failures and called for someone who knows the fabric of the Broncos to take over.
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