Brisbane Broncos sack football department staff after loss to Rabbitohs
New Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy made his first major staffing decision since taking the top job, today sacking GM Football Operations Peter Nolan and Chief Performance Officer , Andrew Croll.
Nolan has long been the man in charge of recruiting and retention at Red Hill, and the wrath of many fans following the loss of young stars such as Reece Walsh, Xavier Coates and Tom Dearden to Brisbane.
But so far he has kept his job.
After another heavy loss, this time 46-0 to Wayne Bennett’s Bunnies, the Brisbane bosses have lost patience with the underperforming football department.
Croll only reprized the Head of Performance role this season, and can probably consider himself unlucky to be sidelined.
Staff aren’t the only ones on the chopping block with Tevita Pangai Junior confirming on Thursday Night Footy’s Nine show that he was cleared by the Broncos to look for a new home.
Pangai speaks after the match about his contract drama
It is also understood that Matt Lodge is close to making a deal to move to the Warriors this season.
With the whole NRL enjoying a goodbye next weekend, Pangai and Lodge may have played their last games for Brisbane.
The Broncos are at serious risk of winning a second straight wooden scoop, after last night’s beat saw them fall down the ladder for the last time, depending on their pros and cons.
Brisbane has conceded 482 points – the worst in the competition – in 15 games, averaging over 32 points per game.
Last year was Brisbane’s worst defensive season in the club’s 33 seasons, conceding 624 points in 20 games, averaging 31.2 points per game.
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