The Brisbane Broncos rugby league club have confirmed the return of the veteran coach Wayne Bennett for the next three years after deciding to axe the current coach Anthony Griffin with a year left on his contract.
The club's asked Griffin to stand down at the end of the season, with the chief executive Paul White saying the decision is based on the club's results over the past couple of years.
Players were told of the news at a crisis meeting at the club's headquarters on Monday morning.
Brisbane currently sit sixth on the NRL ladder following their 28-22 win over the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Bennett won six titles in 21 years at Brisbane before leaving at the end of 2008 to link with St George Illawarra.
The 64-year-old had also been in talks with the Broncos to return at the end of 2011, but turned them down to take up a bigger deal at Newcastle.