NEWS Walters' final shot at Broncos job

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Kevin Walters gets final shot at Broncos coaching job


October 20, 2018

QUEENSLAND Origin mentor Kevin Walters will be formally interviewed by Brisbane hierarchy on Tuesday in what shapes as the club legend’s final chance to coach his beloved Broncos.

The Sunday Mail can reveal D-Day has arrived for Walters, who finally gets the chance to spruik his claims to replace Wayne Bennett — the man who once sacked him at Brisbane.

Walters has made no secret of his desire to become an NRL coach and has previously been overlooked for breakthrough appointments at Wests Tigers and North Queensland.

Now Walters has a glorious chance to make it third time lucky.

On Tuesday, the Maroons mentor will be quizzed by Brisbane’s three-man committee, comprising CEO Paul White, chairman Karl Morris and board member Darren Lockyer, in the interview that will make or break his hopes of coaching the Broncos.

If he secures the Broncos job for 2020, Walters will be forced to resign as Maroons coach, with the Queensland Rugby League insisting he cannot be expected to juggle club and Origin commitments.

Walters is one of four coaches, including Anthony Seibold, Michael Maguire and Jason Demetriou, who have been asked by Broncos hierarchy to take part in psychometric testing.

Seibold, Maguire and Demetriou have since been interviewed, leaving Walters as the final candidate to state his case for a Broncos post he has coveted since taking up coaching 13 years ago.

Walters was sensationally axed by Bennett as his assistant in 2005, but in the ultimate irony, could find himself succeeding the super coach at Queensland’s flagship club.

Time is ticking for Walters. He celebrated his 51st birthday yesterday and history shows few NRL coaches debut in their fifties. Walters’ rivals to the Broncos post — Seibold (44), Maguire (44) and Demetriou (42) — are almost a decade younger.

Should Walters miss out this time, there is an increasing possibility he may never coach the Broncos club with whom he won five premierships.

QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher is mindful of Walters’ ambitions and will release him from the final year of his Queensland contract if he secures the Broncos job.

“I just don’t think it’s possible to handle both roles of coaching an NRL team and the ups and downs of Origin,” Hatcher said.

“We would be in a significant dilemma if we let Kevvie go, but the good thing is we will have Kevvie for at least another 12 months.

“I had to sit down and discuss this (the possibility of Walters coaching Brisbane) because it’s a possibility.

“I know how passionate Kevvie is about the Broncos. If he got the nod after Wayne, he would do a great job.”

It is understood Bennett’s replacement will be finalised in the next fortnight.

Walters was due to face the Broncos’ committee last week but the interview was delayed due to Lockyer’s media commitments for last night’s Australia-Tonga Test in New Zealand.

Walters has been an assistant to Bennett three times, most recently in April when he resigned to focus on his Origin commitments with the Maroons.

Source: Courier Mail
 

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Absolutely love the bloke and what he's done for the club ever since his playing days, but some things are just never meant to be. He should have just gone for the Titans job when it was available as he may have done alright there I think. Just not cut-out for Broncos head coach, 1 or 2 rungs too high up the ladder for him.
 
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I would assume also we will see JD gone from the club if he doesn’t get picked as head coach?
Is a tricky one. If Siebold does accept the gig, he may want his own staff/assistant. JD is out of contract though so he will need a job somewhere (not that he will struggle to find one). He will no doubt be praying Siebold sticks with the bunnies and the job's his.
 
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Is a tricky one. If Siebold does accept the gig, he may want his own staff/assistant. JD is out of contract though so he will need a job somewhere. He will no doubt be praying Siebold sticks with the bunnies.
of course he wants Seibold to stick with the bunnies ... he is chasing the Broncos job after all
 

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In all seriousness guys, the bloke bleeds and cries maroon and yellow and you just know in his interview tomorrow he is going to give the almightiest of passionate reasons why he can take this side to the next level. He's gonna leave nothing in the tank, you just know it!

I personally am not buying it but bloody hell, I get the feeling Paul White, Karl Morris and Locky are gonna be somewhat affected emotionally by his speech!

Nobody is 'more bronco' than Kevvie (except Alfie) and could it be this aspect that gives him the most unlikeliest, yet sweetest victory of his illustrious career?
 
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In all seriousness guys, the bloke bleeds and cries maroon and yellow and you just know in his interview tomorrow he is going to give the almightiest of passionate reasons why he can take this side to the next level. He's gonna leave nothing in the tank, you just know it!

I personally am not buying it but bloody hell, I get the feeling Paul White, Karl Morris and Locky are gonna be somewhat affected emotionally by his speech!

Nobody is 'more bronco' than Kevvie (except Alfie) and could it be this aspect that gives him the most unlikeliest, yet sweetest victory of his illustrious career?
Buck is more Bronco. Maybe Buck can coach. Then Wayne can be the supervisor and Buck can just say Yay or Neigh to him.
 

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Walters: "You guys know I love the job, the media tells you that and the media tells me how to coach. I'm a media darling and Locky, you know how important the media is...plus, I really, really (starts to cry) don't want to let Billy retire, so I'll bring him with me."

Locky: "Done! You're hired."
 

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Does Hodges have an assistant coaching job lined up if Walters gets the job?
 

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Buck is more Bronco. Maybe Buck can coach. Then Wayne can be the supervisor and Buck can just say Yay or Neigh to him.
No matter the coach as long as Buck is tired from doing laps at the end of the game.
 

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Walters: "You guys know I love the job, the media tells you that and the media tells me how to coach. I'm a media darling and Locky, you know how important the media is...plus, I really, really (starts to cry) don't want to let Billy retire, so I'll bring him with me."

Locky: "Done! You're hired."
Lol. But in all seriousness mate, they don't come any more passionate than Kev and could this be enough to sway the board? Him and Hodgo, that might be his strategy.
 

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Does Hodges have an assistant coaching job lined up if Walters gets the job?
Wouldn't surprise me, I don't really get inside info often, but I have heard pretty reliably that the higher ups at BHQ have a massive wrap on Hodges coaching potential and think he'll eventually coach the club at some point, whether that be in the near future or a ways down the road, I'm not sure.
 

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