Players stick solid as Seibold settles in for long haul
ANTHONY Seibold insists he has the support of Broncos players and has pleaded for patience after declaring he was the right man to lead Brisbane out of the NRL cellar.
Seibold is under immense pressure to snap a four-game losing streak when the 14th-placed Broncos take on the last-placed Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Seibold and the Broncos have come under fire since the NRL season resumed, losing four straight matches including a club record 59-0 defeat to the Sydney Roosters.
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Broncos legends have savaged the club under Seibold's leadership, thrusting the spotlight on the five-year deal awarded to him by chairman Karl Morris and CEO Paul White after he had only coached one season in the NRL with South Sydney (2018).
Seibold's popularity among the playing group has also come under question, with reports surfacing that he asked the players if they still backed him following a recent loss.
In his second season at Red Hill, Seibold said the players were behind him and it would take years to turn the Broncos into an NRL premiership force.
"One hundred per cent they are," he said.
"When I came to the club I spoke to Karl Morris at length. Karl is a smart guy. He has made a lot of money in the finance industry and he doesn't make decisions on a whim.
"He gave me a five-year deal because he told me it is going to take a couple of years to sort out this roster.
"I haven't lost belief. I've been coaching for 15 years. I have coached across all different levels.
"I am trying to play the long game and not everyone that is a Broncos old boy or in the media wants the Broncos to have to play the long game.
"The reality is that in the salary cap era, the way the cap is governed and the way you have to improve, recruit and develop players…we have to play the long game.
"One thing that gets me excited about the roster is the Xavier Coates', Tom Deardens, Tesi Nius and David Fifitas."
The rugby league rumour mill has been in overdrive since the Roosters drubbing with speculation Seibold asked Broncos players if they still supported him.
Seibold denied the incident occured after Brisbane's close loss to Manly a fortnight ago.
"Nothing surprises me at the moment," he said.
"I'm from Rockhampton so I've got a pretty good sense of humour, but that's a fabrication.
"I was really happy with our game against Manly, we should have got the result.
"It certainly didn't happen. There was 30-odd people in the room after that game.
"The players and staff in the room can say that never happened. I'm not sure where the motivation for things like that come from."
The NRL coaching merry-go-round is expected to kick into full swing this season.
The Warriors have already axed coach Steve Kearney and the likes of North Queensland's Paul Green, Cronulla's John Morris, Canterbury's Dean Pay and St George Illawarra's Paul McGregor are also under pressure.
Seibold said it was unfair for coaches to be constantly fighting for their jobs.
"People don't want to hear that this roster has got a bit to do," he said.
"We've gone young. Last year it was about bringing a lot of young forwards through. This year it is about bringing a lot of outside backs through.
"Every coach and every team is at a different part of their cycle. We are at a really early part.
"I've been here for 18 months and I will keep working hard until I am told I am not the right person for the job.
"As long as I can put my head on the pillow at night and think I am doing the best job for the club, the players and the staff then you can sleep pretty easy.
"I hate losing four times in a row. It is the second time it has happened to me as a head coach.
"I have been there before, I know what needs to be done and we have got 14 games to improve."