NRL 360 panellist Paul Kent has hailed the Brisbane Broncos’ bold attempt to lure Craig Bellamy over on a 10-year deal but he says one big question remains, while Paul Crawley has dubbed it a “backhanded compliment” to Kevin Walters.
The Broncos have reportedly tabled a 10-year deal to Bellamy to take up a coaching directing role, putting him directly above the newly-appointed Kevin Walters.
Kent praised it a “bold” move he “applauded them for” but said things could get messy if the Broncos’ woes continue.
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“If the Broncos don’t make the finals in the next couple of years, what we haven’t learnt yet is how much blame will be portioned to the head coach and how much blame will be Craig Bellamy’s?” Kent said on NRL 360.
“So will Broncos board bring Craig in and if there’s a lack of success do they say it’s Kevvie’s fault or do they say ‘Craig, you have not got a tight enough rein on what Kevvie’s doing’?”
For Daily Telegraph reporter Crawley, therein lies the problem.
“History tells us the head coach is the one that has to wear the results,” Crawley said before musing over the hand Walters had been dealt.
“That’s the problem I have for Kevvie.
“It’s almost a backhanded compliment giving him the job for two years on half the money Seibold was on, half the time and we’re going to put this bloke over the top of you.”
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Kent believes the role will suit both Bellamy and the Broncos perfectly.
“The Broncos have been a bit bold, and I applaud them for it. They need to break the cycle that’s up there.
“Bellamy is looking to step back a bit in his life, that’s why he is leaving Melbourne. If he goes to Brisbane he’s not going to suddenly fall back into it.
“He’ll have the discipline to go and say ‘Kevin, this is your baby, you need to handle this.’ “He’ll come in and be able to pick his moments when he comes in and talks about what needs to happen.
“He has got very clear ideas on what makes a club succeed so he doesn’t have to sit there and pour over that.”