Paul Vautin gave a radio interview over the weekend to claim the QRL shafted former star Billy Slater, by offering him the Maroons’ head coaching role and then bizarrely withdrawing the offer, Fox Sports has revealed.
Paul Green was eventually appointed as the coach, taking over from Wayne Bennett and previously Kevin Walters.
“Billy Slater was actually offered the job earlier in the year and he said ‘yeah I’ll take it’. A month went by and nothing happened,” Vautin told ABC radio.
“Then Billy got a phone call from someone in the QRL saying ‘we’d love you to come in and have an interview’ and he said ‘an interview? What are you talking about? Didn’t you say I had the job?’.
“They said ‘oh there’s been another guy come up’ and he said ‘you know what, you can stick your interview where the sun don’t shine, don’t worry about it’ and that’s when Paul Green got the job.”