Pressure mounts on SuperCoach

The NRL Tackle: Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur under fire after South Sydney defeat

After yet another mystifyingly poor performance from his Eels, it’s coming to a point where Brad Arthur needs to justify he’s the man to end Parramatta’s epic premiership drought.

Lost in the celebration of Latrell Mitchell’s stunning return for South Sydney was the fact this was another serious setback for Parramatta’s premiership campaign.
And Brad Arthur just can’t continue to escape scrutiny for these ridiculously inconsistent performances that are tearing apart the Eels’ best chance to win a title in more than a decade.

We’ve seen over the weekend how Justin Holbrook is the latest NRL coach fighting to save his job with Gold Coast on the bottom of the ladder and going backwards fast.

But for different reasons Arthur’s position is also coming to that point where he needs to justify that he can be the man who can lead this club to that long awaited premiership.

And it’s no good having a team capable of beating heavyweights Penrith and Melbourne when they can’t back it up against the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers, or a Souths team that was admittedly pumped by Latrell’s return but nevertheless humiliated in their most recent game against St George Illawarra.

You also can’t ignore this is Arthur’s ninth season and Parra are yet to make it past week two of the finals on his watch.

Arthur said after the game that effort wasn’t the issue against Souths.

But how does he say that when in the next breath he pretty much blamed the performance on a lack of effort from certain individuals, saying “on different weeks we’ve got different blokes owning their jobs”.

-Paul Crawley

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                  • Brissy, what are your thoughts around a coaching change for 2023? You'd prefer to stick with BA, or do you have any preference on a replacement?

                    • Nightmare, brissy will be following Wayne and the dolphins in 23. Just to update you.  After 40 years Brissy has dumped the eels for redcliff go figure 

                    • Replacements I would have are unavailable. Ciraldo is flavour of the month but has achieved nothing and is a rookie, so if the rumours he wants a 5 year deal are true then there's no way I think the Eels Board would consider that. Yes there's been some bad losses this year, but there have been some sensational wins too. The abundance of over the top stupidity prior to finals is ridiculous. Let the year play out and enjoy the ride, seems far too many trolls on here that enjoy losess so they can carry on like tossers then disappear after a win.

                    • Hahaa im not getting involved on that one, Chief. Curious on what Brissy's thoughts are around a possible shift from the Eels in regards to the great coach, BA. 

                    • Fair enough, so you'd stick with BA over Ciraldo or Woolf for '23?

                      Surely Ciraldo isnt demanding 5 years, know it was reported but find it hard to believe thats true.

                    • Not necessarily stick with him, finals results will probably/possibly determine that. Woolf has a great CV, but Nathan Brown was very successful in Super Leagie as well remember. I've said a thousand times history shows that a new coach isn't a magic bullet. For all the people carry on that anyone, just anyone, has to be better want to be very careful what the wish for because it would be an absolute miracle for a new coach to have an immediate impact. So how long does the new coach get, especially if they go backwards and miss the 8bfor a couple of years? Some people would look pretty stupid, wouldn't they?

                    • Chief showing his low IQ yet again for the umpteenth time. According to his reasoning, the Eels shouldn't have a single supporter, as not being a foundation club people shouldn't have jumped from the club they followed in 1946 to support them in 1947, right? Not real bright. I guess anyone supporting a foundation club that actually lived in the Parramatta area in 1947 that jumped ship are all traitors and should be ridiculed, too? Wonder the club didn't fold in 1948.

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              • Pretty much Brissy you'll be stuck finding the same amount adulation after a win.I beginning to think some around here look foward to losses and every instance under the sun is dug up.

                For some giving praise after a win seems like there talking out the side of there mouths.

              • We should unconditionally praise BA. And give him another 10 years. Heil BA!

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