Sudden, bitter exit makes Broncos crisis even worse

Brisbane has enough problems on the field, winning just three games all season, without the added distractions of off-field turmoil to go with it.

But the Broncos are a mess in every which way as disgruntled former stars and current players contribute to the toxic atmosphere around Red Hill.

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Chairman of Brisbane’s Old Boys Chris Johns quit his post during the week in protest over Ben Ikin’s appointment as the club’s new head of football, angry at what he says is poor treatment of coach Kevin Walters.

“Because of my frustration at what I think is a lack of support and respect to Kevvie,” Johns told The Courier Mail when asked why he quit.

“We seem to continually spiral down the same drain with the same people making the same decisions at Kevvie’s expense.”

However, Fox League presenter Yvonne Sampson said it does nobody at the club any good when Old Boys throw stones from the outside.

“When you’ve got Chris Johns resigning as head of the Old Boys and all that sort of stuff (it’s not good for the club),” she said on the Big Sports Breakfast this week.

“I don’t think you should be hearing from the Old Boys because you’re in danger of becoming one of those clubs that always seem to have that in-fighting.

“The Eels went through it, the Bulldogs are going through it still.

“Old Boys are there to bring on the good times and celebrate what the club was and remind us of all that incredible history, but I don’t feel they should be weighing in on the current situation.”

Nothing is going right in Brisbane.Source:Supplied

Angst among the Old Boys was a major reason why ex-Broncos coach Anthony Seibold was under so much pressure during his tumultuous reign, and former players publicly backed Walters as the man for the job when Brisbane cut Seibold loose.

However, fortunes haven’t changed at the NRL’s flagship club as the losses pile up. Recent reports revealed Walters was facing a player revolt from stars frustrated with the former Queensland mentor’s man-management and communication style.

Sampson said those accusations would have cut Walters deeply because he’s someone whose door is always open for a chat.

“With so much turmoil happening at the club who knows what the communication is between anyone there,” Sampson said.

“You can understand why players are frustrated.

“I think that hurt Kev’s feelings a little bit because he prides himself on being a very approachable kind of person.

“When they’re getting beaten like the way they are you can understand why the players start blame-shifting and (saying), ‘It’s the communication, I didn’t know what to do out there’.”

Kevin Walters is under plenty of pressure (Image/Josh Woning).Source:News Corp Australia

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