Graham must reapply for Reds job

Date published: July 22 2015

Reds head coach Richard Graham will have to reapply for his job as part of the Brisbane-based franchise's restructuring of the team's management.

This follows after the Reds finished amongst Super Rugby's basement dwellers for the second successive season. 

The Reds, who won the Super Rugby tournament under the guidance of Ewen McKenzie in 2011, finished in 13th position out of 15 teams during Graham's two seasons in charge in 2014 and 2015.

"(We) will call for any final expressions of interest in the roles of head coach and attack and defence coach with a view to finalising those appointments early next month," the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) said via a press statement on Wednesday.

"Current Reds head coach, Richard Graham, will be included in that process."

Whoever takes over as the head coach faces a daunting task after the franchise lost the services scrum-half Will Genia, fly-half Quade Cooper and lock James Horwill – three key members of the 2011 triumph – as well as former All Blacks backrow Adam Thomson.

The Reds' coaching structure will also be changed with a general manager of high performance to be installed and elevated above the head coach.

The QRU said the restructuring came as the result of a wide-ranging review of Reds operations over the last three to five years.