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No rift between Broncos coaches: Cullen

By Wayne Heming 29/08/2008 04:57:12 PM Comments (0)

Irate Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen has ridiculed reports the club's coaches are at war a fortnight out from the NRL finals.

Cullen emphatically denied the working relationship between St George Illawarra-bound head coach Wayne Bennett and his successor Ivan Henjak had broken down or deteriorated to a point where it was threatening to derail the club's push for a seventh NRL premiership.

"People have been waiting for something like this to happen all year but really, there's nothing to it," Cullen told AAP.

"Some people are out there death riding us.

"They're trying to make issues out of things that aren't quite issues."

As impending rivals next year, the personal relationship between Bennett and Henjak was always going to suffer as they planned for new challenges in 2009.

Henjak's comments this week suggesting his friendship with Bennett had cooled simply added fuel to fears the pair had fallen out over a number of issues, including player movements in 2009.

Bennett has so far refused to comment on his strained relationship with Henjak.

Henjak however admits it's a difficult climate for both men.

But he maintains they are professional enough to get the job done and not to let their personal feelings get in the way.

Cullen said he was not concerned by the constant speculation of a rift between his coaches.

"I'm very relaxed at the moment. I know both Wayne and Ivan are focused on getting up to where we want to go," he said.

Cullen didn't see the need to call a crisis meeting with his coaches to discuss their relationship which was strained even further last week when Origin winger Darius Boyd confirmed he was following Bennett to the Dragons next year.

"You handle these things delicately when there's two personalities involved," said Cullen.

"At this time of the year there's tension and nerves anyway, whether coaches are going or coming.

"It's semi-final time and everyone's on edge and you're tying to get a top four spot, so there's always going to be tension.

"They're both professionals and I've got confidence in to carry out the job and leave the personal stuff behind."

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