Ex-Wallaby Greg Martin has warned the Queensland Rugby Union’s decision to re-appoint Richard Graham as Reds coach will cost them in crowd numbers.
Graham was confirmed on Tuesday at the Reds coach for the 2016 Super Rugby season following an end-of-season review.
Despite being forced to re-apply for his position and having just a 28 per cent winning record as a Super Rugby coach, the Reds opted to stick with Graham, reporting to executive general manager Daniel Herbert under a new structure.
Martin, a fullback who made over 60 appearances for Queensland and played in nine Tests for Australia, believed the decision was abad mistake.
“This has tested my faith,” Martin told the Triple M Brisbane Grill Team.
“All the season ticket holders, they’re going to experience one of the worst crowd seasons ever, no-one is going to buy any tickets.
“In 2014 we finished 13th, this year we finished 14th, how are we going?
“Why wouldn’t we change the coach? I don’t care how a good a bloke he is…there’s so much rubbish politics in this.”
Martin said QRU chief executive Jim Carmichael would be the man to suffer if the appointment didn’t work out.
The QRU said they had received over 20 applications for the coaching role from Australia and overseas but concluded Graham was the right man for the job.
Martin took issue with that.
“He’s a good man Richard Graham, a lovely fella, but that doesn’t make good coaches,” he said.
“They did a review that took months. They’re saying there wasn’t a better applicant putting his hand up, I knew some of the people, there were better applicants.
“What it says is the QRU, well done, you’re accepting mediocrity that’s what you are doing. Nice work, thanks for hurting us all.”