South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold has slammed Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett for refusing to expedite their NRL coaching swap.
In a classic Bennett curve ball, the mooted switch with Seibold - which will now be on hold until the end of the 2019 season - stalled again when the Broncos mentor said on Friday he would remain at Red Hill for the final year of his contract.
The announcement arrived just hours before Brisbane were believed to have organised a press conference to welcome Seibold to the role.
The Rabbitohs' coach said he was told by club hierarchy the change would be happening immediately and a clearly fed up Seibold couldn't hide his anger after a month of uncertainty.
"I have had a gutful. I've been sitting here for four weeks and feeling like a punching bag. It's not acceptable and it's not fair," Seibold told News Corp Australia.
The reigning NRL coach of the year said the saga had taken a toll on his young family and pointed the finger firmly at Bennett for "playing games".
Bennett had previously denied any contact with South players during but Seibold said the veteran coach had rung Damien Cook, Alex Johnston and Sam Burgess about his plans for the Redfern club before Friday's bombshell.