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The straw that broke Anthony Seibold’s back: Broncos coach steps down

That settlement has now been reached and Seibold shed a few tears on Wednesday while telling his players he would no longer be the man to lead the club.

“I thought it was best for the Broncos and myself that we separate and I stand down,” Seibold said.

Seibold was placed in isolation after staying in Sydney to be with his family following the club’s loss to the Rabbitohs a fortnight ago.

Broncos CEO Paul White and departing coach Anthony Seibold at the press conference Wednesday morning.

Broncos CEO Paul White and departing coach Anthony Seibold at the press conference Wednesday morning.Credit:Matt Dennien

Leaving his daughter to return to Brisbane was the trigger to seek a settlement.

“I think the final straw was hopping back on a plane from Sydney when I wanted to be with my daughter,” Seibold said.

The vile social media rumours which have rocked Seibold in recent weeks have seen the coach engage a lawyer and European cybercrime experts to try and find their source.

While his time at the Broncos has come to an end, his hunt for justice has not.

“Yeah, it is my intention,” Seibold said when asked if he would take the investigation “as far as he can”.

“I’ve been in a bubble, remember guys. I haven’t been able to get in front of a solicitor, I haven’t been able to speak to the police and today’s not the day to be talking about that, either,” Seibold said.

“But I’ve had some really good people reach out to me about it. There is some change needed with regards to legislation and cyber bullying and social media commentary and so on. But that’s for another time.

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“I’ll certainly be making a considered decision – but my decision-making is that I’ll be going to police and giving them some names and let them deal with it as they wish.”

White said he would be accountable for the decision to sign Seibold – who at the time had just one year of head coaching experience under his belt – to a five-year deal and turf Wayne Bennett in the process.

“We’re totally accountable. I’m as accountable today as I was when I appointed Anthony,” White said.

“To qualify that, we fought hard to get Anthony at our club. He was the reigning Dally M coach of the year and his incumbent club South Sydney had offered him a four-year deal.

“We saw him as the right man to guide what was a young roster in building a team for the future.

“He had history with our club, he knew our elite player development systems, so we thought he was the ideal candidate. And we made a long-term investment decision in Anthony for the future of our club.

“We were accountable then and we’re accountable now.”

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