Why there's a big problem with Souths' plan to read the riot act to Latrell Mitchell after 'preferential treatment' of superstar led to club legend Sam Burgess getting axed

Why there’s a big problem with Souths’ plan to read the riot act to Latrell Mitchell after ‘preferential treatment’ of superstar led to club legend Sam Burgess getting axed

  •  Souths planning tough conversation with Latrell Mitchell
  •  Conversation will likely happen after the 2023 season
  •  Wayne Bennett says Sam Burgess will coach in the NRL

Souths reportedly plan to have a tough discussion with Latrell Mitchell after suggestions the club has given him special treatment derailed their 2023 season – but in a telling sign of the power he wields at the club, they are slated to take place when Souths’ season has finished.

The Rabbitohs’ campaign was plunged into turmoil when assistant coaches Sam Burgess and John Morris reportedly spoke to Bunnies boss Jason Demetriou over his perceived special treatment of Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker.

Players are also understood to have had issues with Demetriou’s handling of his star fullback and five-eighth.

That tension culminated with Burgess exiting the club on Wednesday, while Demetriou fronted the media to declare that Walker and Mitchell do not run South Sydney.

It was also reported that club co-owner Russell Crowe hung up on Burgess during a fiery phone call as the Hollywood star tried to broker a peace. 

Now Souths powerbrokers are planning to have a ‘tough conversation’ with Mitchell, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rabbitohs plan to have a tough conversation with superstar Latrell Mitchell (pictured) - but not until the season is over

Rabbitohs plan to have a tough conversation with superstar Latrell Mitchell (pictured) – but not until the season is over

Coach Jason Demetriou has dismissed claims that Mitchell and Walker run the club

Coach Jason Demetriou has dismissed claims that Mitchell and Walker run the club

However, the conversation is likely to take place after the season is over because powerbrokers fear how Mitchell will react while the club’s premiership hopes are still in the balance.

Meanwhile, Wayne Bennett has detailed why he wanted Sam Burgess at the Dolphins as he backs Demetriou to get through a ‘pressure’ situation at the club he once coached.

Bennett, who led the Rabbitohs for three seasons before joining the Dolphins, was quizzed about the dramas that have engulfed the club in recent weeks.

He said it was a ‘make or break’ moment for Souths and Demetriou.

‘I am not inside so I don’t know a whole lot about it but it is not what you want this time of a footy season at any club,’ Bennett said.

Mitchell and Walker are big personalities but when Bennett was asked if he had to handle them differently at the Rabbitohs he said: ‘No.’

‘They were great guys. I loved coaching them. They are really good people,’ he said.

Souths are under the blowtorch for off-field issues and because they have lost eight of their last 12 games to be in danger of missing finals.

Assistant coach Sam Burgess (pictured left with Bunnies co-owner Russell Crowe, right) exited the club on Wednesday

Assistant coach Sam Burgess (pictured left with Bunnies co-owner Russell Crowe, right) exited the club on Wednesday 

‘Jason is the coach there now. What’s happened here is a great example of what happens (when you lose) and it is how you handle it,’ Bennett said.

‘They are under pressure. Simple as that. They haven’t performed as well as they should have in a lot of people’s minds.

‘Pressure is the thing that makes or breaks teams, makes and breaks the individuals and makes and breaks the coaches.

‘It is whether you handle it or don’t handle it.’

Burgess, who Bennett coached at South Sydney and had on his coaching staff, was an initial target for the Dolphins as an assistant but he turned them down.

‘I did want Sam here,’ Bennett said.

Wayne Bennett tips Burgess to be back in the NRL as a coach in a couple of years

Wayne Bennett tips Burgess to be back in the NRL as a coach in a couple of years

‘We would have been great for Sam and Sam would have been great for us. Wiser people convinced him that wasn’t going to be good for him, so he didn’t come.

‘He is a real man. He is someone who if you were in a tough place is the first bloke you’d want beside you.

‘That stuff rubs off on players. Players get that vibe. Players get that feel.

‘The players I have got here, he would have added to.’

Bennett said Burgess would be back in the NRL after his stint at Warrington.

‘You don’t know what is going to happen in coaching. You just have to look at South Sydney,’ he said.

‘Sam will go over there (to Warrington), do two years at least and he will be an NRL coach. I have no doubt about that.’

source: dailymail.co.uk