Posted: 20 July, 2012 by Dave-O

Andrew Johns: Stephen Kearney Not To Blame For Parramatta's Woes

Tags: Parramatta Eels

Many of you will know that Stephen Kearney has been sacked as the Eels coach and this morning he had his press conference announcing what everyone knew that he will be leaving.

Andrew Johns from Triple M's Friday Footy Panel says Kearney is not the blame for the poor season.

"[The Eels] have struggled this year… but everytime the coach has struggled he gets blamed. He's not the one missing tackles," he said.

"If you sat each player down in front of a lie detector test and asked 'have you put in 100% at training, have you put in 100% on the field' the lie detector would be doing somersaults.

"[Manly put] 34 points on them in 40 minutes and there was a stage in that game when Daly Cherry Evans ran past four players and the Parramatta players were jogging. That's an indication of effort and that the players have to take some responsibility."

So where does Parramatta go from here? There's been talk of Ricky Stuart, Nathan Brown…

Joey Johns tossed a name out of leftfield… current Super League coach, Tony Smith.

"I've had an association at the Warrington Wolves and Tony Smith, who is Brian Smith's brother, is very successful. He coached the Leeds Rhinos to a World Club Championship and he has an unbelievable record at Warrington.

"He's a coach a club should chase because he has fresh ideas and he hasn't got much baggage. He's very different to his brother Brian and he'd have a lot to offer."

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Stephen Kearney's Press Conference

This is what Stephen Kearney had to say at this morning's press conference.

“Despite what has already been reported I have decided to resign from my position as senior coach of the Club,” Kearney said.

“I feel it’s the best option for everyone concerned, the Club gets an opportunity to move forward and I know it’s of great relief for my family.

“For a number of reasons, some about timing, some about opportunity and some about best fit, I have been unable to achieve the success I wanted for the Parramatta Eels and it’s wonderful supporters and fans, and it’s time to make a change.

“I feel I have tried my absolute hardest and best that I could have and have always been mindful to act with integrity and honour in the most difficult of circumstances.

“I would like to thank the playing group and staff for their effort in what has been a tough time for us all.

“What does the future look like for me? What this decision does is it gives me an opportunity to be more focused with the Kiwis and assisting the New Zealand Rugby League with the development of the game in New Zealand… it might start with trying to convince Kiwis to play for the Kiwis - this is a role I’ve always been passionate about.

“It remains for me to say that I’m grateful for the experience which is one I’ll learn a great deal from, and the challenge that the senior role has provided.

“I wish the Eels all the best for a successful future and I look forward to my ongoing investment in our game of Rugby League.”

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