Reds players backing Graham – Gill

Date published: August 19 2015

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Reds flanker Liam Gill insists that the Brisbane-based franchise's players are backing the reappointment of Richard Graham as the team's coach.

Despite having only a 28 per cent winning record after two seasons in charge of the 2011 Super Rugby champions, Graham will work under a new high performance structure that will see him report to an Executive General Manager at the Reds.

But there has been plenty of criticism of Graham's reappointment with former Wallaby full-back Greg Martin saying the Reds were "accepting mediocrity".

Gill said the reaction is not surprising but the Reds players need to spark the team's revival regardless of who their coach is.

"I can completely understand the shock over the news," he told AAP.

"When you look at a raw stat like that (Graham's winning record) you can completely understand why they would be upset.

"But I am trying to tell the Queensland public that it will be the players moving this forward, regardless of whatever decision has been made.

"We as players have stood tight and will drive this forward regardless of the decision the board was going to make."

Despite finishing in 13th position in 2015 and 12th in 2014 under Graham's guidance, Gill feels the players must stick together and support their coach.

"Richard Graham is our coach next year and the players will be in full support of that," added the 15-cap Wallaby.

"We can't afford to waste another year.

"As a player group we are in full support of what (Reds bosses) Jim Carmichael and Rod McCall do regardless of the process that they go through.

"We just want to fight to get the support back from the Queensland public."

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