With CEO Paul White explaining that rugby league is a high risk sport that requires a lot of high risk off field decisions, the Brisbane Broncos parted ways with coach Anthony Seibold just two years into a much-maligned five-year contract.
Seibold left the club with his head held high, stating that coaching was a dream job that he hoped to return to one day. We take a look back at how his time at the Broncos went all so wrong.
September 2018 - Announced as Dally M coach of the year after taking South Sydney to the finals in his rookie season.
December 2018 - Appointed as Broncos coach on a five-year deal following a messy swap with Wayne Bennett. Broncos legend Bennett is sacked via a voicemail message.
April 2019 - Seibold faces the pressure immediately, after slumping to the club's worst start this century with five losses in their first six games.
May 2019 - The exodus begins: James Roberts leaves for South Sydney; Kodi Nikorima heads to the Warriors; Jaydn Su'a later follows Roberts to join Bennett at the Rabbitohs.
September 2019 - Brisbane scrape into the eight on the final day of the season, after being shocked by Canterbury in the last round.
September 2019 - Broncos suffer the NRL's biggest finals thrashing, embarrassed 58-0 by Parramatta. It is later revealed six players had spent the evening before the game playing the pokies at a pub.
October 30 2019 - Matt Gillett retires, a year after signing a deal through 2022. He suffered through neck pain in 2018, Broncos staff told him to get scans after five games, and it turned out to be broken neck. The injury threatened to end his career, but Brisbane still signed him to a three-year extension.
November 9 2019 - David Fifita arrested in Bali after attacking a security guard; he was bailed out by the Broncos club.
November 29 2019 - Brodie Croft signed from the Storm, with Kodi Nikorima gone, Croft would force Tom Dearden out of the side.
December 19 2019 - Anthony Seibold reportedly punishes the entire NRL squad after learning of an altercation between senior players Matt Lodge and Jack Bird.
January 25 2020 - Forward Joe Ofahengaue is charged by police over an alcohol-related incident involving a motor vehicle.
February 19 2020 - Izaia Perese is stood down by the club after being charged by police with drug offences.
March 11 2020 - Brisbane confirm Jack Bird has torn his ACL during a training accident. Bird played only 17 games since 2018.
May-June 2020 - Brisbane, 2-0 before the competition's shutdown, resume with a 34-6 loss to the Eels and a record 59-0 hiding from the Roosters.
July 2020 - Their performance reaches new lows after a 48-0 loss to Wests Tigers, with the Brisbane board guaranteeing Seibold would remain in the job, but confirming that his position would be reviewed at season's end.
July 2020 - A horror month is capped when rising star David Fifita turns his back on a contract extension in favour of joining Queensland rivals Gold Coast on a big-money deal.
August 3 2020 - Kotoni Staggs sex tape is released. He does not face any penalties.
August 8 2020 - Broncos great Allan Langer is among three club staff banned after attending a private function at the Caxton Hotel and breaching Project Apollo protocols.
August 8, 2020 - Anthony Seibold remains in Sydney to attend to a private family matter after a loss to Souths - their 10th from their last 11 games - and is forced to endure a 14-day exclusion from the club.
August 9, 2020 - Long-time champion fullback Darius Boyd, playing in the centres in his final season, withdraws from the club's leadership group.
August 10, 2020 - Tevita Pangai Jnr is spotted by police attending a barber shop with bikie links. He is fined $30,000, he is also booted from the NRL's bubble indefinitely as the club decides whether to tear up his contract.
August 12 2020 - Another investigation is launched by the NRL and Queensland police after a host of Broncos lunched at a Brisbane pub. The club and players are fined a total of $140,000 by the NRL.
August 12, 2020 - The coach is forced to hire a lawyer after vicious rumours about his personal life begin to circulate on social media.
August 25, 2020 - Seibold indicates he wants to tell the players he is quitting as Broncos coach, after reaching a severance agreement with club bosses.
August 26, 2020 - Seibold fronts the media with CEO Paul White to make the official announcement. His time at the Broncos is over.