“Well, we’ll know Monday morning whether it’s a good tactic,” Gould said on Channel Nine’s Six Tackles With Gus podcast.
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“Things like that, I would tend to do earlier in the year … probably mid-season or six weeks out from the semis as you start to get ready for September.
“Whether or not it’s exactly what they need right now (remains to be seen) leading into this game, but it’s a big game for Parramatta.
“Wooden-spooners last year, now they find themselves in a new stadium – Bankwest Stadium – they’re in good form and they’re playing at home and they’re playing the Broncos.
“And it shouldn’t matter too much what you did this week, you couldn’t get them more motivated than what they should be coming into the contest.”
While Gould, a two-time premiership-winning coach, questioned Arthur’s timing he commended the Eels boss for following his instincts and backed the Eels to see off the Broncos and extend their season on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s good that he’s trying something different, I like people that back themselves and back their own judgement and as a coach if he thinks they need some time off … that’s what he’s given them,” he said.
“But we’ll know Monday morning whether that’s had a positive or negative effect.
“I don’t see them losing this game, I think they’re too high energy for the Broncos, I think they’ve got too many points in them for the Broncos.
“The Broncos’ attacking mentality just isn’t what it needs to be.