SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Wayne Bennett head coach of the Rabbitohs looks on prior to the round 12 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Next year will mark the last year we will see Wayne Bennett as coach of South Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that Bennett’s assistant, Jason Demetriou, has agreed to a four-year extension that will see him take over as Bennett’s successor and lead the club into the future.

Demetriou’s new four-year deal will begin immediately but will still serve as Bennett’s assistant for this year and next year before taking over the reigns as of November 1, 2021, when Bennett’s three year deal expires.

There has long been some speculation about how long Bennett will remain in the coaching business ever since he switched from Brisbane on a three year deal. The Demetriou extension clearly labels and maps out the club’s succession plan moving forward.

Bennett has given the club his blessing on the succession plan and believes that Demetriou is ready to take over as coach. Demetriou was part of the coaching staff that defeated the Brisbane Broncos in the 2015 Grand Final.

After a season on St George Illawarra’s staff, Demetriou joined Bennett at Brisbane and then followed him to the Rabbitoh’s last year.

Demetriou, a former rugby player in England, has enjoyed success wherever he has gone. He took control of the Rabbitoh’s NRL Nines squad and also plays a hands on role with the team throughout the season.

Demetriou was listed to take over Bennett at Brisbane, but Anthony Seibold ultimately got the job, causing a bit of drama with no love lost between Demetriou and Seibold after both engaged in a war of words prior to their clash in August.

Bennett’s next move is unclear once he completes his coaching. He could take over as the head of football at the Souths or another club that would see him further add to his illustrious coaching career and games tally, which stands at 836 NRL games.

Bennett is a target should a second Brisbane franchise be given the nod ahead of the next broadcasting deal. Bennett has already set a number of records in the coaching business that will be unlikely to be surpassed by anyone else and he may decide to end his career once his deal expires.

Demetriou’s rise to the top is just one of the intriguing power shifts for the Souths. The Rabbitoh’s board reportedly discussed the possibility of parting ways with general manager Shane Richardson, only for co-owner Russell Crowe to save his job.

Regardless of what happens behind closed doors, Demetriou should have a fairly strong squad once he takes over as coach, with superstars Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Murray hitting their primes while Jai Arrow will join the Rabbitoh’s from next season.

 

 

 

55 COMMENTS

  1. Ahahahahaha

    One dud coach Jason Demetriou, who Brisbane saw fit not to use as an NRL replacement for the sacked Bennett, will indeed be the coach Souths replace the ex Brisbane sacked coach Bennett with.

    Ahahahaha

  2. A 10 minute chat with Wayne Bennett was the clincher for superstar Latrell Mitchell making up his mind to join Souths.
    As Latrell said, Wayne made him feel good about himself again and just wanted to be part of that proud culture at Souths.
    A last minute desperate flight to Taree by Robinson and Fittler was a waste of time.
    Not even in the hunt.
    Thsts Wayne Bennett

  3. I like the plan, at least we know what is ahead, hopefully we can send Bennett out a winner but am confident Demetriou will be a very good and successful coach for us.

  4. TwentyOne February 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm
    A 10 minute chat with Wayne Bennett And a paper bag lunch at Nana Glenn
    was the clincher for superstar Latrell Mitchell making up his mind to join Souths.

  5. Agree 100% Mole ….there is no way in God’s green goodness that mitchell signed for just $550k, after turning down a million at the tigers…..there’s been some dodgy dealings somewhere along the line…be it paper bags full of $$$ from rusty or TPAs from packer inc. Soufs management must think the rest of the league world came over on the last banana boat if they expect us to believe this crap.
    Soufs sombreros….😂🤣😂🤣

  6. Finally the stick insect will disappear, Latrell will never live up to the hype because he doesn’t have the discipline simple, Uncle Nick is a powerful Buisness figure on the Australian landscape, the biggest car dealer we have, think about it seriously if Latrell had anything worth investing the one club that would have changed the gravitational pull of earth would have dwarft any offer

  7. Totally deviod of reality these Easts gooses, can’t get over the fact that Latrell wanted out of that dodgey enviroment created by a car salesman, yep, you sure can trust a car salesman, why do you think uncle Nick is following League cause soccor re – football these days wanted nothing to do with this dodgey operator, that says a lot.
    Get over it boys accept the fact that you guys Easts created the brown paper bags and sombero’s and made it an art form, Souths have lost a heap of talent in 2019 and had plenty to spend, no one is falling for your Souths dodgey business accusation all know Easts are the masters at it and that stigma will forever be attached to Easts.

  8. What a load of bollocks penso! Mitchell signed for a F tonne of dollars- nothing less. All this rubbish about soufs being his lifelong dream blah blah blah….he even stated himself that he wanted to look after his family best he could, in the short time he has to play the game….he just took the best offer going….given that the tigers offered a mill a season, soufs evidently topped that. I’m sure packer/crowe and co made it well with his while.
    To top it off, your mob are getting Arrow AND TWATyOne assures us – the fox as well…how the frack do you afford that and stay below the cap???? How many BOUGHT origin players are in THAT team??
    No buddy, the mantle of salary cap sombreros is well and truly the vermin’s now…..must sting you like a fissure in the ass to know it, but it’s true, true, true!

  9. Everybody knows Soufths are the Transit.lounge Sombrero club, trying to purchase their 2nd premiership at any cost in 49 years. Disgraceful

  10. Testimony to the greatness Wayne Bennett is Latrell’s decision to be coached by a man who places the welfare of his players above all else.
    Latrell has stated widely in the media how happy and settled he is for the first time in years.
    Despite a last ditch effort by the roosters to fly Robinson and Fittler to Taree in a desperate plea for Latrell to stay at the sombreros, whatever deal they put on the table was to no avail and in the end Latrell chose happiness for him and his family.
    Welcome home Latrell.
    Your beloved Rabbitohs is where you always belonged as we all on here know.

  11. GNR get over yourself you tool, Mitchell signed with Souths for less money cause this is where he wanted to be, if he wanted more money he would have went to the tigers, just can’t handle the fact he left Easts, best get used to it because Mitchell won’t be the last big name player to brush your club their time is ending and it will be a long time before they get back, by then the plan from the NRL will finally come to fruition, relcating Easts to Perth which should have happened many years ago, once Nick goes that will be it and the NRL knows the cost of supporters from the NRL will be minimal as Easts have no fans anyway and their territory is based with people who don’t even know what rugby league is, remember what Mitchell Pearce said when he went to newcastle “it’s great to play in front of fans” this will be Easts future and they deserve it.

  12. Penso

    Maybe our time is gone but at least we had a “time” that we all can remember
    We can’t always be on top.

    Anyway Mitchell went for no less than $1 Million
    If you believe anything else you are a fool
    You guys are owned by one of the richest business men in the world.. have you forgotten that

  13. penso, everything you state is right on the money 100% fact.
    What you didnt include is what I have on good authority is another name change being considered by the roosters after the 4th name change failing to attract a decent following.
    A announcement I believe coming is coming shortly.
    Maybe this time they can try going with The NSW Roosters RLFC.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  14. Rucky
    February 21, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    “Bennett has now been sacked twice in one month. Must be some kinda record.”

    I can understand many sombrero fans calling for Robinson to be shown the door after his humiliation at the hands of Wayne Bennett with Latrell clearly declaring his preference for the master after 1 meeting with him.
    Cant wait for round 3.
    “Where’s Latrell?” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  15. This is my first post on here, so go easy to start with!

    I too cannot wait until round 3. Great Northern, let’s hope its a cracker!

    CLS

  16. Mole, so you reckon he’s on a mill , all reports are that he is on $600 and next year also, no way Souths would put themselves in that position, your a fool if you believe that, just accept the fact that he didn’t want to be at Easts, simple, get over it buddy, move on, time to face reality, sure Souths have some heavy hitters supporting the club, probably the richest owners in all clubs in any code, but they still have to abide by the rules, accept the fact that players may be able to get better post jobs after league with the owners we have, more potential than a club that is owned by a used car salesman who is way out of his depth in that department, has i said Easts will be relocated it’s just a matter of time.

  17. I love reading all you jealous little Souf Sidney pansie’s comments.
    One premiership in 49 years….you all must be soooo proud. 😂🤣😂🤣

  18. Great game tonight.
    Roberts , Johnston, Mitchell, Goodwin best on ground.
    2021 Souths recruits Fifita and Carr next best.
    Latrell obviously very happy since coming home to Souths and no longer having to endure the toxic culture of the redneck roosters.
    Welcome home Latrell.

  19. Fatrell had a shocker, fat, slow, out of position, no idea when to chime into the attack. Bad attiude trying to harm people. Mental problems still evident, with shedding of tears while performing the trible dance rubbish. Great to see the RSL ban that Flag on ANZAC day with their Gerrman colours

  20. Penso if you can’t understand why the chooks showed Mitchell the door then no one can help you, poor positional play, lazy , I’ll disciplines man handling of a vulnerable player, blokes a perfect fit at your club

  21. Oh excuse me Outsider, if that is truly the case , why then did Easts offer him $800 a season? No club offers that much for a lazy poor positional player with i’ll displine, man you guys have a massive chip on your shoulders, just get over it.

  22. No, they realised mid season he wasn’t worth that money so they stalled negotiations Mitchell will attest to that, you Souths fans walk around beating your chests with your 20 nsw cups an 1 NRL trophy, your not pride of the league because had that been the case you wouldn’t have been booted, you don’t even have a home ground ! You do have a book of nursery rhymes 😂😂😂😂😂 “Farrell , I know I can I know I can I know I can”
    You can’t 😢😂😂😂 baaaaaaaaa enjoy your fat and your jet what a buy the Jet was 😂😂😂😂😂👍👍

  23. Easts –
    Back to back premiers
    Back to back world club champions
    4 premierships since 2000….4 WC Championships
    7 GF appearances…..multiple club championships

    Soufs –
    1 premiership since 2000….1 WCC
    Hahahahaha
    Joke of a club they are….

  24. Penso
    I don’t care if Roosters re locate to Iraq, they will always be my club, makes no diffenrence.. I will always support them

    This club has brought me so much joy… even this morning winning back to back World Club Champions.. first club in history to do it

    Thank you Roosters for all the good times 3 recent NRL premierships, 2 world club champions and a 36-6 shock and awe humiliating drubbing of Souths Sombreros in the finals last year.

  25. Roosters Back to Back World Club Champions,
    First club in History to do so
    Congratulations team on an amazing decade… you have brought us so much joy in that time.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    3x NRL Premierships
    2 x World Club Champions
    1 x NRL Nines Champions

  26. TheMole52 February 23, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    “Roosters Back to Back World Club Champions,”
    So why are they hovering around with the bottom dwellers in fan and membership numbers?
    I suggest after the failure of 4 name changes in 110 years isnt the answer despite strong rumors another is being strongly discussed within the club.

  27. 21 what’s your crowd attendance? What’s your membership numbers ?
    And still no one comes 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  28. Surprised nobody’s upset about the roosters not singing the National anthem? This is a genuine question to the roosters fans, did you expect them to sing the anthem. They were there representing the nrl. You guys know my thoughts on the anthem. Once again I’m not having a dig

  29. Just read your response GNR in the trash section, comments that were not allowed in the mainstream, you are without doubt the biggest wanka ever on this site, a person who has disabilities in all aspects of life , I feel sorry for you and hope you get the help people like you deserve.

  30. Toddy as I walked past some Originals drunk in the park at Redfern Oval Today. I heard their National Anthem being sung out by a mob of drunks. Goes something like this

    “and get some moselle and some rollies brudda”

  31. Toddy- why would the Chooks sing the national anthem ?….the game was in England and half our team are Kiwis or islanders.
    Awwww the twuth hurts doesn’t it poor little penso. Have a cry diddums.

  32. Mole my dear friend this century beginning from 2000 we at the Roosters have won…..

    2002, premiership
    2003 World Club Champions
    2004. Minor Premiership
    2013 Premiership
    2013 Minor Premiership
    2014 World Club Champions
    2014 Minor Premiership
    2015. minor Premiership
    2018 Premiership
    2018 Minor Premiership
    2019 World Club Champions
    2019 Premiers
    2020 World Club Champions

    Plus played in 8 Grand Finals and 11 Preliminary Finals .(grand final qualifiers)

    Sydney Roosters are the team of the 21st century

  33. AH.
    Wow that is an impressive List of achievements

    T123
    No Anthem at the footy in my opinion

    21
    You are such a JEALOUS LITTLE MAN

  34. No Toddy, the GF and ANZAC day matches are both played in AUSTRALIA….therefore it is appropriate to play the national anthem of the country….PARTICULARLY on ANZAC Day…..it’s up to the players how patriotic they want to be, whether they choose to sing or not 😁
    Mole are you seriously even buying into peniso’s dribble about the Roosters relocating? He’s just a gronk, ignore him Mole, if we’re lucky maybe he’ll go away.
    They NEVER will mate……100% the most successful team of the new millenium…..strong board, new stadium soon, good corporate sponsorship, solid roster and well above average membership.
    No worries 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  35. After watching 60mins last night soufths will soon have a Chinese coach, the owners have sold all morales 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  36. Outsider February 24, 2020 at 8:50 am
    “After watching 60mins last night soufths will soon have a Chinese coach, the owners have sold all morales”
    60 minutes? Cant you get the ABC at your place?
    How’s Folau looking BTW? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  37. I reckon signing Folau would be a major coup by the chooks…..evidently though, according to the NRL, players aren’t allowed to have their own opinions/beliefs etc….they all have to tow the socialist, PC, drone mentality.

  38. Souths have confirmed their agreement with the great Wayne Bennett seeing out his 2 year contract with the highly respected Jason Demetriou taking over.
    My source tells me the roosters are trying to get Wayne on board hoping he can persuade superstar Latrell to come back after Trent “Taree” Robinson was humiliated and left with egg on his face in his attempt.
    Get over it, Latrell has come home and will play out his career at Souths.
    Roosters will be praying Israel doesnt have a chat with Wayne after he Robbo stuffs it up again.

  39. The Great Northern Rooster February 24, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    “I reckon signing Folau would be a major coup by the chooks…..”

    “Yah reckon as major as Latrell coming home to the Rabbitohs? ”
    I hear the roosters chat site has been renamed The Sookpen”
    Almost as many name changes as the club.
    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  40. Adamhoward February 23, 2020 at 10:01 pm
    “”Mole my dear friend this century beginning from 2000 we at the Roosters have won…..
    2002, premiership
    2003 World Club Champions
    2004. Minor Premiership
    2013 Premiership
    2013 Minor Premiership
    2014 World Club Champions
    2014 Minor Premiership
    2015. minor Premiership
    2018 Premiership
    2018 Minor Premiership
    2019 World Club Champions
    2019 Premiers
    2020 World Club Champions”

    So why are you bottom dwellers with poor fan and membership numbers?
    Because no one cares!!!!
    Its not what you have achieved its how you went about doing it.
    Pathetic

  41. It’s getting harder and harder to ignore your blatant JEALOUSY 21, without bursting into rapturous laughter…..your lot have won just ONE premiership since 1971….were you even born then??? That’s ONE premiership in 49 years….WOW!!!
    You can quit banging on about the whole latrell thing, we just don’t CARE!
    He’s not the be all and end all…he’s FAT, unfit and STILL looks disinterested (which is why Easts management chose to cut him loose) …10 to 1 he will go walkabout on your mob, sooner rather than later.
    As for memberships we are no where near the bottom….and our match attendance figures blow your toothless, fair weather supporters out of the water.
    Get over yourself, you can bleat and whine like a little bitch as much as you like, but you got nothin’ pal.
    😂🤣😂🤣

  42. 21 is a Jealous little Man!!

    Roosters Back to Back World Club Champions,
    First club in History to do so
    Congratulations team on an amazing decade… you have brought us so much joy in that time.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    3x NRL Premierships
    2 x World Club Champions
    1 x NRL Nines Champions

  43. What a decade we have enjoyed being a Rooster Fan.
    2013 Minor Premiership
    2014 World Club Champions
    2014 Minor Premiership
    2015. minor Premiership
    2018 Premiership
    2018 Minor Premiership
    2019 World Club Champions
    2019 Premiers
    2020 World Club Champions

    Plus A nines championship in 2017
    Plus a grand final appearance in 2010.
    Plus the Roosters will be at their peak come the semis of 2020. I really think the Roosters are in a brilliant position to get a premiership hatrick.

  44. Sorry….. made an error including the 2020 trophy. We at the Mighty Roosters have already kicked off our next decade with the 2020 World Club Championship trophy.

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