Anthony Seibold is back in the NRL coaching ranks just three months after one of the messiest sackings in recent rugby league history.
Seibold oversaw the worst period in Brisbane’s proud history and he was eventually sacked in August, less than two seasons into a five-year deal and a month before the Broncos collected their first wooden spoon.
But the 46-year-old has already landed another coaching job in the NRL after Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien offered his friend a career lifeline.
Seibold started his consultancy role at the Knights on Thursday and will work alongside O’Brien eight years after they worked together at the Melbourne Storm.
“Seibs is one of the best I’ve worked with,” O’Brien said.
“His planning and organisational skills are second to none, he understands there’s so much more involved in the art of coaching and his connection from the meeting room to the training paddock is phenomenal.
“Our staff and players will benefit from having Seibs involved, he will help coach our young coaches.
“I’ve missed the playing group, I’m excited by the list and its capability heading into the new season.”
Seibold, who was named the 2018 Dally M Coach of the Year in his first season as an NRL head coach, will work three to four days a week at the Knights.
O’Brien is confident Seibold will be ready to contribute despite his gruelling experience in Brisbane which included cruel rumours spread about his personal life.
“I don’t want to see anyone go through that, and to be honest you don’t have to be that close to feel for him,” O’Brien said.
“(But) knowing him, I knew he’d come through the other side.”