Shane Flanagan statement

I said a few days ago the reason why BA let Potter go is because he was set to meet with Flanagan (BA & him are good mates) to discuss the possibility of him potentially joining the Eels as a an assistant coach. Watch this space... there’ll be plenty of suitors for Flanno but the Eels are interested. 


The National Rugby League (NRL) has advised Shane Flanagan he will be eligible for registration in the NRL as an assistant coach for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Mr Flanagan’s eligibility for registration will commence from 18 December, 2019.

Mr Flanagan’s registration is contingent on he and any future employer complying with a range of conditions set by the NRL.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg today met with Mr Flanagan and advised him of the decision.

Mr Greenberg said the NRL had created a path for Mr Flanagan to return to coaching.

“I have spoken to Shane at length and he has expressed significant remorse andaccepted responsibility for his past actions and the detrimental impact they have had on the game,’’ he said.

“We have created a pathway for Shane to return to the coaching ranks. Today’s decision gives Shane an opportunity to be registered in the NRL.

“This is not a set and forget approach. Shane and any future club who employs him has numerous conditions which they must comply with and the Integrity Unit will continue to monitor his conduct over the next two seasons.”

Mr Flanagan said he was pleased to have the opportunity to seek registration and would consider his options over the coming months.

“Today I met with the NRL and I both respect and accept the course of action they have taken,’’ he said.

“I look forward to returning to the coaching ranks, firstly as an assistant coach and hopefully one day a head coach again.”

Mr Flanagan has been told the NRL will give no consideration to expediting his return to a head coaching role beyond today’s decision.

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  • Always on the money as usuall parramatta lurker, thanks for the update.

  • Sounds good but roosters just lost their assistant coach to knights & Flanno's boy is playing for the roosters as of next season. The pay will also be MUCH higher because it's the roosters.

    • So funny because last night on 360 they said “the nrl will be checking his salary to make sure is at assistant” then he goes to he roosters that would be funny the nrl is such a joke sometimes. 

    • That would make a lot of sense 

    • you should know Jim as should Cleary, the worst thing to do is coach your son, puts rediculous pressure on all parties.

      Flanno should be able to appreciate his sons career from Bank West much better than his back pocket!

  • BA doesn’t like having a replacement coach ready n waiting in the midst - doubt it will happen. He will only want yes men around. He didn’t want DA, Luke Burt or potter around and don’t believe he wants flanno around !

  • Michael Potter:
    The Parramatta Eels Club is pleased to announce that former Newcastle Knights Assistant Coach, Mick Potter, has joined the Club as an NRL Development Coach. Mick will work alongside existing NRL Assistant Coaches, Steve Murphy and David Kidwell, under the direction of Head Coach, Brad Arthur.

    Parramatta Eels Club CEO Bernie Gurr said, "We are very pleased to welcome Mick to the Eels; Mick's extensive coaching experience will be a valuable asset to Brad and our team."

    • That was last year - he has been and gone bud !

      “Parra gave sacked assistant coach Mike Potter for next year. Mark O'Neil said it was BA's decision”


      • I know it was. But the point is that he was a NRL Development coach, not an assistant coach.

        • The point I am making is I know for a fact BA IS VERY prickly with his support coaches and I doesn’t want s coach in waiting around him as he has a history. I doubt very much he would want Flanagan around him !

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