Rugby league supercoach Wayne Bennett is set to become the next Premier of Queensland.
Although contracted to coach the Brisbane Broncos in 2015, Bennett has been approached to lead a second term LNP government if Premier Campbell Newman loses his seat of Ashgrove at next year’s state election.
Should Newman be defeated, Wayne Bennett would continue to coach the Broncos. However, like Newman before him, Bennett would lead the LNP from outside the parliamentary chamber.
It is believed the chance to take the helm of Queensland is what ultimately persuaded Bennett to return to Brisbane.
News Limited supports Wayne Bennett premiership
News Limited has emerged as the key player in the move for Wayne Bennett to coach Queensland again.
When Bennett’s return to Brisbane was first reported, much was made of the coach’s meeting with Lachlan Murdoch.
It was thought at the time that Bennett was seeking permission from News Limited (the owner of the Brisbane Broncos) to return to the club.
It now appears that Bennett was invited by the Murdoch family to replace Campbell Newman as Premier of Queensland.
“It’s no secret that Campbell Newman is on the way out,” says Broncos fan and political blogger Jack Blundstrom.
“News Limited runs governments the way it runs its football clubs.”
“They support you whilst you’re winning and you’re making money for them. But the minute you stop doing this, you’re gone.”
Blundstrom says that Wayne Bennett should have no problem coaching the Broncos and the LNP at the same time.
“Benny is desperately needed back in Brisbane to instill discipline and belief into an under-perfoming rabble.”
“But once he sorts out the LNP, coaching the Broncos will be a doddle.”
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