Stuart refuses to rule out Raiders move

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    Ricky Stuart has refused to confirm he’ll remain Parramatta coach next NRL season but says he’s had no contact from Canberra about taking over the Raiders in 2014.

    Stuart’s first season with the Eels ended in embarrassing fashion on Sunday as the repeat wooden spooners shipped 50 points in a game for fourth time in 2013, surrendering meekly 54-6 to finals-bound Newcastle.

    The former Australia and NSW Origin coach has been widely linked with a return to Canberra, the club he played more than 200 games for between 1988 and 1998 as replacement for the sacked David Furner.

    But the 46-year-old Stuart, who admitted he does have a get-out clause in his Eels contract, claimed he’d not heard from any of the Raiders powerbrokers.

    “I haven’t spoke to Canberra it’s a simple as that. It’s not on my mind,” said Stuart after Sunday’s defeat at Hunter Stadium.

    When pressed on whether he would definitely be at the Eels next year, Stuart played a straight bat.

    “What more can I say? I have read all the speculation too,” he said.

    “I am contracted to Parramatta. I haven’t spoken to anyone about going anywhere else.”

    Stuart said different factions at boardroom level were holding Parramatta back and this was the reason he had a clause inserted in his deal which would allow him to walk away at the end of the season.

    “We have a volatile board. Why wouldn’t I? (have a get-out clause) but it’s not an excuse for how we are playing,” he said.

    “100 per cent (it’s holding us back). But it’s not so much the board but the factions around it.

    “I am very embarrassed in regards to our performances this year.

    “It’s unacceptable to our fans.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • September 9th 2013 @ 6:33am
      Terry said | September 9th 2013 @ 6:33am | ! Report

      Wow, this will end well. A bloke who has walked out on 3 teams, has sent all 3 backwards, who has a shocking win ratio, cannot build a team and publically blames his players and will not take any flack himself.

      Luck for Ricky he has mates in the media who still puff his feathers.

    • September 9th 2013 @ 6:37am
      oh diana said | September 9th 2013 @ 6:37am | ! Report

      Ricky Stuart would have an awful lot of gall to leave Parramatta for Canberra – or indeed anyone else – after leading them so chaotically throughout this season.

      Does he not feel the slightest bit of embarrassment or sense of shame for even contemplating such a move? How can any coach trying to inculcate good values and habits and professionalism into young players, suddenly leave them in the lurch with only a wooden spoon as a memory? I’d be embarrassed to look any of them in the eye and, for sure, they in turn would have every right to look at Stuart with disdain, if not contempt…

      He’s already condemned Parra to further mediocrity next season with a raft of signings that falls some way short of being inspiring – the least he could do is “stick” around and accept full responsibility for his actions.

      I wish some journo would challenge Stuart and ask him what his first choice line-up, assuming everybody were fit and available for selection, would be for Parra… because I honestly don’t think he would have the foggiest clue.

      Parramatta is a great club with huge potential whose surface has barely been scratched. It’s a terrible shame to see them floundering like this – and utterly bewildering that somebody like Stuart can walk away from it all under the pretence that he has nothing to do with it.

      How does this man keep getting away with it?

      Rant over…

      • September 10th 2013 @ 10:33pm
        barfly said | September 10th 2013 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

        oh Diana, fmd mate u hit the nail on the head brother……………………………………..well said great rant………………………….

    • September 9th 2013 @ 7:07am
      Pest said | September 9th 2013 @ 7:07am | ! Report

      He will be at raiders by Friday

      • September 9th 2013 @ 9:56am
        GW said | September 9th 2013 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        He could be up on a roof drinking cruisers within a few days. Can a coach be deregistered?

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      September 9th 2013 @ 7:12am
      Sleiman Azizi said | September 9th 2013 @ 7:12am | ! Report

      I think Ricky Stuart has done the right thing in ripping apart the Eels’ playing culture from the inside.

      I’ll have to accept the advice of others though who say that he really isn’t a very good coach but I qualify that acceptance by saying that Wayne Bennett lauded the playing structure of the Eels on the weekend and then went on to say that their problem wasn’t tactics but that they don’t play for each other.

      Still, if Stuart does leave after only one year, well…

    • September 9th 2013 @ 7:47am
      Meesta Cool said | September 9th 2013 @ 7:47am | ! Report

      I think that most sensible roarers predicted this outcome at the start of Ricky’s tenure. — The fact that a team of PROFESSIONAL Rugby League players cannot tackle, is the fault of the coach, I can see their weakness and I am just a RL fan standing in the the outer!.

      If any team, concedes so many points in one season, The coach HAS to admit he did a VERY POOR job.. I really feel for the Eels supporters this year, how could they keep turning up to see their team embarrassed week in/week out!

      Raiders would be stupid to even consider this guy!. time to hang up yer coaching manual Ricky!!..

    • September 9th 2013 @ 8:19am
      uPelican said | September 9th 2013 @ 8:19am | ! Report

      Sticky is well out of his depth when it comes to coaching. As Clint said; ‘A man’s gotta know his limitations’.

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