But Morley believes it is a great move.
“I think it’s great for the sport over here to entice someone of that stature in the game to be national coach,” Morley told AAP.
“It’s fantastic, and if he can’t get the best out the English players then nobody can. It’s a real shot in the arm for rugby league in this country.
“I can’t see where the criticism is coming from.
“We’ve had Australian coaches before in David Waite and Tony Smith but we’re not talking about an average coach here … it’s Wayne Bennett.
“I’m all in favour of giving home-grown coaches a shot if they are good enough but in my opinion there is no one with as strong a resume as Wayne Bennett.”