NRL 2020: Erin Molan reveals ‘serious issues’ between Seibold, Broncos players
Erin Molan has described the Brisbane Broncos as an embarrassment and a shambles while adding to the pile-on of besieged coach Anthony Seibold.
Seibold is currently away from the NRL team as it deals with crisis after crisis but hasn’t been far from the headlines after being forced to defend himself against scurrilous rumours.
In his second season at Red Hill, Seibold has also had to deny the bombshell departure of David Fifita to the Gold Coast Titans happened because of his fractured relationship with the star forward and now Molan has added to the pressure.
“It’s embarrassing. You look at the talent and the calibre of players in that squad — these aren’t battlers, they’re really not. They are incredible players. Yes, they’re a little bit younger than a lot of other sides but that shouldn’t matter,” the Nine presenter said in an interview with SEN.
“If every player in that team did their best every week they could be a top four side … there are no excuses there. There are serious issues with the coach and the players and with that relationship and something’s got to fold, something’s got to move … it’s shambolic.”
As the Broncos’ fall down the ladder coincides with an unprecedented amount of off-field trouble, thoughts are already moving to next season.
Molan predicted NRL 360 host Ben Ikin would land the club’s vacant CEO position.
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“Brisbane are such a shambles at the moment that club needs and deserves someone who is 100 per cent committed to just doing that (CEO job),” she said. “He’ll get it. He’s very highly-regarded. He’s a great thinker, he’s been part of boards and organisations before … he’ll get that role and do a great job.”
The Courier Mail has also predicted a $5 million roster purge as the Broncos prepare to farewell Fifita, soon-to-be-sacked Tevita Pangai Jr and retiring veteran Darius Boyd.
Brisbane will also attempt to offload Jack Bird — potentially to the Dragons — and $1 million-a-season disappointment Anthony Milford.
“We have some room in the salary cap,” club chairman Karl Morris told the Courier Mail. “We can make some decisions moving forward.
“We will look at our roster absolutely, there is some real opportunity to fill some of the gaps that we think need filling in that roster.”
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