NRL great Paul Gallen says embattled Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold’s biggest problem is constantly trying to be “the smartest guy in the room”.
Seibold’s position as Broncos coach has come under fire after a poor start to the season, with his side booed off Suncorp Stadium in a loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.
Gallen highlighted Seibold’s weaknesses in dealing with the media and welcomed his candid press conference after the defeat to the Titans.
“I think Anthony Seibold has done that over the past couple of years and it’s all been false in my opinion,” he told the NRL Sunday Footy Show.
“Seibold has never handled the media well. We saw last year his run-in with Bennett, he was shocking at it and absolutely got overawed by it all.
“He always tries to be innovative, he’s already come out and said he wants to use a rotation system. He always, to me, tries to be the smartest guy in the room.
“Last night he showed he’s actually human and he’s concerned about his job and concerned about what’s going on in Brisbane. I thought that was the best I’ve seen him.
“He looked concerned and he’s extremely worried about what’s going on and I thought that was great.”
Fellow league great Peter Sterling also took issue with Seibold mentioning club CEO Paul White in his post-match presser.
“That shouldn’t be a part of the conversation, it should just be about what he can do as the coach and the players,” he said.
“I think even just to delve there, that was the wrong way to go. They’ve got to work out quickly what they are as a football team.
“We know they lack experience, so how do you overcome lacking experience, every player breaks the game down and makes it into sets and individual plays and you work hard with your teammates.
“You’ve got to (simplify) things because you don’t have experience.
“They’ve got to work out their personality, the characteristics of the football team, and even if they’re young, you’ve got to determine what that is, and that’s the coach’s job.”