Griffin faces sack from Broncos

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin is expected to be given the sack today, after the return to the club of super-coach Wayne Bennett was made public.

Bennett is understood to have accepted a three-year contract worth $4 million dollars to return o the club at the end of the season.

Under Griffin’s tutelage, the Bronco’s have performed ‘adequately’. But their gut-wrenching loss to the Sharks a few weeks ago had many wondering what needed to be changed.  And while it is unfair to blame the coach for a team’s on-field performance the Broncos have made no secret of their wish to reclaim Bennett. For his part Bennett, somewhat churlishly, was quoted by News Corporation as telling the Bronco club directors he was ready to return and rebuild the club.

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Griffin is understandably disappointed, but intends to honour his contract and see out the year. At the end of the season he will be a coach without a club, perhaps looking overseas for employment.

Bennett has had mixed success in his post-Broncos coaching. He led the St George Dragons to a premiership before leaving them floundering. While his time at the Newcastle Knights, most agree, has been an unmitigated disaster. The reason for the poor performance of the Knights has been attributed to off-field factors. But many wonder just how Bennett tried to mitigate the effects.

The Broncos board began pursing Bennett in May. They have had numerous meetings, and discussions with him and finally extended an offer too good for the coach to refuse.

The players were informed of the decision to sack their coach prior to the announcement made to the media.

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