Fallen ex-Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold will be coming to Newcastle as a player consultant.
From what I understand, it’s a bit of a similar role as a counsellor. Not telling all your problems with someone but more so helping them mentally with anything bothering them with the footy such as the latest article criticising them or the couch coaches online bashing them.
I have been seeing it for years. I’m not trying to have a go at any Knights fans but on a yearly basis, there’s always one Knights player who gets all the heat in the world from the fans.
With a player consultant, the team can excel on the field with a better mentality. If there’s one thing I have picked up on, the better teams do have a consultant so they can run on the field with a more relaxed approach.
Anthony Seibold may have coached Brisbane to a wooden spoon this year and the Brisbane club culture got buried by the coach before him. The same happened with Newcastle. Old man Wayne Bennett and his shovel strikes again. Let’s not forget two years ago, Seibold was the Dally M Coach of the Year for his amazing work with South Sydney.
The Newcastle club culture is back and just as strong as it was in its glory days. Remember those days when the Knights tore up the competition and consistently made the finals? We will have them back once again.
This year the club made the finals, which is what the fans wanted. If I had to pick my favourite moment of the year, it was when Josh King after 59 games finally managed to score his first try when Newcastle thumped Cronulla.
It was a proud moment for many of us because he was on the wrong end of a lot of criticism over the years.
With State of Origin over and the rugby league calendar reaching its end, we have got the off-season. In this time, I really hope Seibold can get the players switched on a bit more mentally.
The online criticism will never stop. I don’t mind constructive criticism of players but not everyone has to be Gordon Ramsay.
I urge Knights fans online to ease up a bit because the players do find out.
With the fact Newcastle ticked off the goal of making the finals, the club has another goal and that’s to win the big one.
The Knights can do it. With a more switched-on mindset and perhaps a bit less cockiness, the club can tear the competition apart in the upcoming years.