BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 05: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett speaks to media after losing the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Broncos mentor Wayne Bennett said he has no plans of retiring and wants to continue his coaching career in 2020.

The super coach is contracted at Brisbane next season but his future beyond that is clouded, while Broncos CEO Paul White has admitted to not being on the same page as Bennett at times due to speculation over the coaching position.

White has reportedly privately pushed Bennett to retire at the end of 2019 behind closed doors to move into a senior administrator job at the club.

But Bennett still has a fire in the belly to carry the clipboard, looming likely that he will exit the club to coach elsewhere in 2020.

“There are two things I’m clear on,” Bennett told The Sunday Mail.

“One is that I’ll coach the Broncos in 2019 and the other is that I will continue to coach.

“If it’s not at the Broncos, it will be somewhere else in the NRL.”

The Broncos rejected Bennett’s request for a 12-month extension, who believes he is capable of coaching for another four years, which would take him to the age of 72.

White admitted to his relationship growing strained with Bennett.

“Absolutely, in any long-term friendships you go through tough times.

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“I know the headlines were ‘Cold War’ and I don’t want to be involved in one of those.

“I’ve known Wayne 34 years, he’s been a wonderful friend of mine and been a big influence on my life. I don’t want to burn a friendship that has been there for a period of time.

“The only thing Wayne has said to me is always be honest. I am being honest with Wayne and we will be able to move on. We are very professional in terms of our relationship.

“He has a job to do. I have a job to do and we are here to serve the club.

“I don’t want to burn a friendship but equally I don’t want to not do my job.”

Broncos legend Petero Civonicev believes the rest of the season will have a major impact on Bennett’s future.

“A lot will hinge on how the Broncos finish this season,” he said.

“If they go all the way this year, it will be hard to move Wayne on, you wouldn’t get a better endorsement in prolonging his career at the Broncos than a premiership.

“There’s a decision that has to be made and I have confidence in the Broncos board to get it right.”

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. If Souths don’t win it I’d like to see the Broncos go all the way. Bennett deserves better than what he is getting. If we lose Seibold to Brisbane after 2019, which is more than likely, I’d be happy to pick up ol’ Wayne on a 2 year deal until we snatch a top flight coach or blood another Maguire/Seibold

      • As you can see by my camouflaged name I am a huge Souths fan, and a gladiator. But after I chased Keary away I would LOVE for the Roosters to win this year. We have no hope of winning this season. If I still had Keary in the team we could of gone close.

        • Are you a really a ”huge Souths fan”? You have given up already. I know that Souths aren’t travelling great at the moment but we are still equal first. A true Souths fan would ”never say die”!

        • Chalky, 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣, Sounds to me Russell Crower is coming to terms with the facts. I think he is a realist.

    • Wayne would be lucky to remember where South Sydney is. His teams of late have forgotten how to tackle. He has forgotten that when he won premierships. Defence was his trademark. I mean as bad as our South Sydney Rabbits are going with the wheels falling off, We still managed to score 18 points against his lot. Talking about our Rabbits. We will be flat out getting another win this year after the Raiders got lucky against the Roosters with a win scoring less tries to defeat them. The Raiders confidence is sky high now so if you have something to do next weekend do it. And don’t waste your time watching our Souths get thrashed.

      • Russcrower, your not a true Souths fan, not even close, a closet Easts supporter would be more like it.

        Don’t come on this site all of a sudden and pretend to be something your not, go seek professional help, cause clearly you need it.

  2. Guessing that the drums will go silent on McGregor for a few days now that the merged mob finally scrambled to a win of sorts. Old Wayne therefore won’t be wanted by the drags fans until their next loss comes.

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