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Broncos greats unleash criticism on Bennett

Sporting News logo Sporting News 22/02/2017
Wayne Bennett, head coach of the Broncos. © Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images Wayne Bennett, head coach of the Broncos.

Broncos legends have launched a scathing attack on mastercoach Wayne Bennett, claiming he is struggling to reignite the club.

Brisbane foundation prop Greg Dowling believes the departures of Ben Hunt and Jarrod Wallace are evidence Bennett has lost his influence.

“It’s a different ball game for Wayne — his and the Broncos’ aura has gone,” Dowling told The Courier Mail .

“When you have a young player like Ben Hunt who leaves the club, you have to wonder if he’s lost his aura.

“Once upon a time, players stayed at the Broncos for less money just to be coached by Wayne. Now that’s not happening. You have to question why.

“Wayne is getting older and he has bigger issues than he may have thought.

“The Broncos will struggle this year. I don’t expect to see them in the top four and they won’t win the premiership.

“The best thing Wayne has done is sign Jason Demetriou (assistant coach), he’s a great coach and to me it could be signalling a changing of the guard.

“Wayne is not immune to pressure. It doesn’t matter what your past record is ... the heat is on Wayne this year.”

Former Test winger Willie Carne added that there is plenty of pressure on his former coach, but it's also up to their players to perform.

“Look Wayne Bennett is a good coach, but he isn’t a superstar. He never was and never will be,” Carne said.

“To be honest, I learnt more from the players I played with and against than I did from Wayne. That’s not a slight on Wayne — my point is a coach can only do so much.

“Wayne took the Broncos to a grand final in 2015 so he’s clearly got some ability.

“I don’t think he’s a superstar coach, but the key is whether you still have the passion to succeed.''

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