Paul Green departs Maroons after horror State of Origin series

·Sports Reporter
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Paul Green (pictured) smiles after the Maroons win Game Three.
Paul Green and the Maroons have parted ways after Queensland's horror 2021 series. (Getty Images)

The Maroons have opted not to renew Paul Green's contract after Queensland were thumped in the opening two matches of the horror 2021 State of Origin series.

Green has paid the price for the Maroons' horror 2021 campaign, where they were flogged in the first two games before winning a dead rubber.

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He becomes the second one-term Queensland coach after Des Morris' tenure came to an end after a 1985 series loss.

Green acknowledged the decision and said he couldn't give the Maroons the same certainty with a possible NRL job in mind.

"Whilst I could give them that certainty for the 2021 series, I cannot guarantee that this would be the case in the future," he said.

"We all understand the dynamics and volatility around NRL club head coach roles and ultimately, that is where I see myself when the right opportunity opens up."

Queensland's disastrous 2021 series

While Queensland went into the 2021 series as the champions, following last year's series under Wayne Bennett, they were blown off the park this year.

They suffered a record breaking 50-6 loss in Townsville before being held scoreless for the first time in Brisbane in a 26-0 defeat that sealed the series.

While Green was able to lead the Maroons to a final 20-18 win in game three, despite a number of NSW injuries to star players, it wasn't enough for him to remain in charge.

Injury and fitness concerns plagued the Maroons in the lead-up to both live rubbers, while Ronaldo Mulitalo was withdrawn on the day of the second game when questions were raised over his eligibility.

Damien Cook, Angus Crichton and Latrell Mitchell of the Blues pose with the trophy after winning the series 2-1 after game three of the 2021 State of Origin Series.
Damien Cook, Angus Crichton and Latrell Mitchell of the Blues pose with the trophy after winning the series 2-1 after game three of the 2021 State of Origin Series. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

"We understand and respect Paul's ambitions to return to NRL coaching at some point, and we wish him every bit of success in the future," QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher said.

"In my opinion, Paul went through the most exceptional circumstances in the history of Origin, with issues around injuries, COVID-19 and player eligibility, and the way the team was able to finish off the series with one of the great Origin victories is testament to his leadership."

Former player Johnathan Thurston was an assistant to Green this year, while fellow Maroons great Billy Slater was also flagged as a potential long-term successor in the role.

Mal Meninga coached Queensland to eight straight series victories from 2006 to 2013, winning his ninth series in 10 years in 2015 before moving on to the Kangaroos job.

Bennett will hand over his NRL head coaching duties at South Sydney to understudy Jason Demetriou but has expressed interest in a role with an expansion team in Brisbane from 2023.

with AAP

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