Daley holds concerns for Rabbitohs’ succession plan – and wouldn’t sign Bennett at 72

Laurie Daley says he wouldn’t sign super coach Wayne Bennett when his Rabbitohs’ deal expires and holds concerns over the succession plan South Sydney have put in place.

Daley believes Bennett-coached sides have become too predictable and failed to adapt to the changing nature of the modern NRL in recent times.

“Would I sign a 72-year-old? No,” Daley said on The Big Sports Breakfast.

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“Only because I think there are some really good coaches out there at this stage and I’d be prepared to give them an opportunity before I would a Wayne Bennett.

“Wayne over the last 10 years hasn’t for me changed a lot of the way he played during his previous success.

“I watch Wayne Bennett coached sides and they still play the same way.”

Bennett hasn’t won a premiership since 2010 with the Dragons and has just one grand final appearance since in 2015 when the Broncos lost to the Cowboys.


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In that game the Broncos were accused of going into their shells in the second half and allowing the Cowboys to come back and snatch a thriller at the death.

While Daley believes Bennett is one of the greatest if not the greatest coach of all-time, he thinks his methods particularly in attack have become too easy for opposition sides to negate, especially in finals football.

“I think defensively teams work them out pretty quickly and they struggle at the back end of the year because they continue to do the same thing,” Daley said.

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“When you have that knowledge you are continually watching opposition sides and when it comes to the nitty-gritty you identify key parts of their game, that if you shut down you can stop them.

“That’s exactly what happened to Souths over the last couple of years.”

Daley also questioned South Sydney’s logic in allowing Bennett to rubberstamp his successor in Jason Demetriou.

History has shown that clubs Bennett has left have regressed under coaches that Bennett has anointed as his replacement.

“Would they have reservations South Sydney because if you look at Bennett’s track record, when he left Brisbane Ivan Henjak took over and they didn’t have a great deal of success,” Daley said.

“This was all Wayne’s succession plans. He anointed Henjak and it didn’t work. He anointed Steve Price when he left the Dragons and we know how that turned out.

Coach Wayne Bennett with Latrell Mitchell at South Sydney Rabbitohs training.Source:News Corp Australia

“Then he anointed Rick Stone when he left Newcastle and that lasted about 18 months.

“Now at South Sydney he has anointed Jason Demetriou for four years. All the players have a massive wrap on Jason Demetriou, but I just wonder how South Sydney are thinking.”

Daley believes it is only natural for a coach, who knows his end date at a club to put his own interests ahead of the future of the team and the organisation.

“Sometimes when you know your end is coming you are not making the best decisions in the best interests of the club,” Daley said.

“You are thinking about the short-term goal of winning a competition and I’ll spend as much money as I can, so I can finish up having that success regardless of how I leave the salary cap.”

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