Wayne Bellamy has quit as coach of the Seagulls A-grade side.
Wayne Bellamy has quit as coach of the Seagulls A-grade side. Robyne Cuerel

Bellamy tells why he quit as Seagulls coach after two rounds

LESS than four months in the job, Wayne Bellamy simply had enough.

The Hervey Bay Seagulls have been rocked by Bellamy's (pictured) decision to resign as coach of the A-grade team, sensationally quitting on Thursday night because of an ongoing row with some senior players.

In a candid interview with the Chronicle on Saturday, Bellamy, who was just two games into his coaching tenure, said his relationship with some players had become "unworkable".

"I feel disappointed for the young up-and-coming players who have pushed through and the boys who have come back to play under me, but I just think it's best for the club and the team for me to step aside," he said.

"I don't leave on bad terms with any of the players, but I'm a little disappointed with some.

"I sent a message to all the players I had their numbers for and I had support from the majority of the playing group telling me I should try and stick around, while a couple chose not to contact me which shows their character."

Top coaches have the right chemistry with their players, but Bellamy admitted there were some players who were "set in their ways" and refused to accept his coaching style and the direction he was trying to take the club.

Bellamy, a former Seagulls junior and reserve grade premiership player, said he and the playing group had taken steps to resolve the rift, even calling a meeting at training on Thursday night to allow players to air their grievances in a bid to rebuild relations.

But he felt it was best for the club if he cut his ties with the team immediately rather than let the problem fester throughout the season, phoning Seagulls president Scott Rowe not long after training to announce his resignation.

Bellamy was a spectator as the Seagulls beat the Wallaroos 24-12 at Stafford Park on Saturday.

Although he was shattered he would not get the chance to lead one of the major premiership contenders this year, Bellamy said he had never felt more relieved.

"I have coached for 10 years and never have I not enjoyed coaching," he said.

"I was going away from training frustrated and I believe the players were frustrated too."

Rowe said he admired Bellamy's honesty and was hopeful he would remain at the club to assist with the Seagulls' under-18 and reserve grade sides.

"I don't think it was a big rift, Wayne has just been very open and that's his man-management skills," he said.

"He told the players what he is not happy about and none of the players had come to us and said their support is not behind Wayne Bellamy.

"It was Wayne's decision and I admire him for doing it now rather than lingering on halfway through the season and losing a head coach."

Following Bellamy's dramatic departure, the focus is now on who will coach the Seagulls' A-grade side for the remainder of the Bundaberg Rugby League season.

Dave Yarrow stepped in as caretaker coach for Saturday's match, but Rowe said the club had moved quickly to try and find a replacement.

"We've already started talking to a few people and to the players as well," he said.

"We don't pay anyone here at our club so it is important the players are united and behind the coach."



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