James Mortimer 23.Jul.2012Photosport
The Reds lost to the Sharks 30-17 to end what would have been a gallant defence of their title, after the Queenslanders strung together six straight wins after losing to the Crusaders.
But it wasn't enough against a charged up South African outfit, but despite rumour to the contrary, McKenzie has not coached his last game for the Reds.
Former Western Force coach Richard Graham, now living in Brisbane, was recruited by the Reds in April as their new head coach, with McKenzie reportedly moving into a Director style role.
But with the departure of other back room staff, primarily Reds defensive coach Matt Taylor, Graham will take up those responsibilities, meaning that McKenzie will still be very much hands on next season.
"I will still be travelling to all the games and doing all the game-day things. Nothing much will change," McKenzie said.
"We need to bring Richard up to speed on what this organisation is all about. Next year will be about him learning how we do business.
"A few titles have changed, but my role will be the same.
"I've been here for three years now. I'm sure we will modify a few things, but I am still coach. There's no confusion for us, people just assumed a few things."
With the Reds closing off what has been a remarkable two years on and off the field, McKenzie said post match he continued to do what he does after the Sharks loss.
"I just watched the game tape back, did some analysis and went to bed," McKenzie said.
"There wasn't a lot to celebrate after that result.