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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Seibold blames media for coach swap talk


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Anthony Seibold has slammed reports that he's fallen out with South Sydney players and says he's committed to coaching "the Bunnies as hard as I can."

Seibold returned to work at Redfern  for the first official day of the club's NRL pre-season on Wednesday, despite persistent rumours of an immediate coach swap with Brisbane.

South Sydney head of football Shane Richardson is set to return from the UK on Thursday, after reportedly flying to England to discuss a possible early move with Wayne Bennett, who is coaching England in their series against New Zealand.

Seibold blew off talk of a rift between himself and Souths players, accusing sections of the media for having their own reasons for reporting such angles.

“Somebody has obviously got an agenda there by saying that stuff,” Seibold said.

“I had a great evening with the guys at Damien Cook’s wedding on Friday night and I got some really lovely phone calls and texts from the guys over the last week.

“Obviously they are disappointed with the fact I am going to move on in 2020, but they understand my reasons for wanting to go home. I’ve been on the road for 13 years.

“I’ve got a good relationship with the players and one of the things I did 12 months ago was put a lot of time into building relationships with the players."

Seibold was adamant it was business as usual at Souths HQ, saying he's expecting to be Rabbitohs coach next year and has already started a detailed plan for the preseason.

"Just because I gave the club an answer that they're unhappy with doesn't mean that I'm dishonourable," Seibold told reporters on Wednesday.

"Until my contract is finished here, I'll coach my backside off. I think I've showed that over the last two years.

"Shane Richardson arrives back from the UK tomorrow, to my understanding, so I'll catch up with Richo.

"If they are negotiating with Wayne to come here now, it's news to me.

"I've planned a really detailed program for pre-season," Seibold said.

"Until I'm told otherwise, I'm working really hard and I'm going to coach the Bunnies as hard as I can."

While Seibold and his coaching staff went back to work on Wednesday, the Rabbitohs players are not due back to training until next week.

Anthony Seibold has slammed reports that he's fallen out with South Sydney players and says he's committed to coaching "the Bunnies as hard as I can."

Seibold returned to work at Redfern  for the first official day of the club's NRL pre-season on Wednesday, despite persistent rumours of an immediate coach swap with Brisbane.

South Sydney head of football Shane Richardson is set to return from the UK on Thursday, after reportedly flying to England to discuss a possible early move with Wayne Bennett, who is coaching England in their series against New Zealand.

Seibold blew off talk of a rift between himself and Souths players, accusing sections of the media for having their own reasons for reporting such angles.

“Somebody has obviously got an agenda there by saying that stuff,” Seibold said.

“I had a great evening with the guys at Damien Cook’s wedding on Friday night and I got some really lovely phone calls and texts from the guys over the last week.

“Obviously they are disappointed with the fact I am going to move on in 2020, but they understand my reasons for wanting to go home. I’ve been on the road for 13 years.

“I’ve got a good relationship with the players and one of the things I did 12 months ago was put a lot of time into building relationships with the players."

Seibold was adamant it was business as usual at Souths HQ, saying he's expecting to be Rabbitohs coach next year and has already started a detailed plan for the preseason.

"Just because I gave the club an answer that they're unhappy with doesn't mean that I'm dishonourable," Seibold told reporters on Wednesday.

"Until my contract is finished here, I'll coach my backside off. I think I've showed that over the last two years.

"Shane Richardson arrives back from the UK tomorrow, to my understanding, so I'll catch up with Richo.

"If they are negotiating with Wayne to come here now, it's news to me.

"I've planned a really detailed program for pre-season," Seibold said.

"Until I'm told otherwise, I'm working really hard and I'm going to coach the Bunnies as hard as I can."

While Seibold and his coaching staff went back to work on Wednesday, the Rabbitohs players are not due back to training until next week.

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