Ricky Stuart quits Eels to join Canberra Raiders in 2014

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    Have a bit of sympathy for Ricky, will ya? (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Charles Knight)

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    Amidst much speculation in recent times that he would leave the club at the end of the year, Parramatta Eels coach Ricky Stuart reportedly quit the organisation late on Wednesday night to sign with Canberra Raiders.

    According to reports from The Daily Telegraph, Stuart will sign a three-year deal with former club the Canberra Raiders that will commence in 2014.

    The media outlet report that Stuart will officially be unveiled as the Raiders’ coach at some point on Thursday morning, with the decision reportedly “very much based on personal issues and care for his special-needs daughter.”

    Stuart only joined the Eels at the start of the 2013 season and was widely viewed as the man most likely to turn around the tumultuous organisation.

    However, under his leadership, Parramatta registered just five wins all year, with Stuart clearly showing signs pressure throughout the latter part of the season.

    Former Cowboys coach Neil Henry is expected to become the Eels’ coach in 2014.

    Having sensationally dumped coach David Furner last month, Canberra were obviously in need of a new head coach in 2014 and have seemingly found their ideal man in Stuart — a former player and legend at the club.

    Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stuart played over 200 career games and won three premierships for the Raiders for the club, something that they will no doubt be hoping he can do again once he takes over in the new year.

    The Raiders will become the fourth NRL club that Stuart will have managed after spending time at the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and Parramatta.

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    • September 11th 2013 @ 11:17pm
      Pest said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

      The most overrated coach in rugby league,,,,,rips parra apart , tells blokes there not wanted , and then leaves ,,,, are you and des best buddies

    • September 11th 2013 @ 11:17pm
      nopuritan said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

      Did he jump, or was he pushed

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        September 11th 2013 @ 11:56pm
        Dan Talintyre said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

        For now, looks like he jumped. Will know more in morning.

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      September 11th 2013 @ 11:29pm
      ScottWoodward.me said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

      Be good to be in the trenches with Ricky, it is no wonder that players dont want to play for him.
      That is now 3 clubs in a row that he has left in tatters.
      Why has he coached 3 Sydney clubs and signed a 3 year deal with the Eels if he is going to use his “family” as justification to move to Canberra?
      Be honest Ricky!
      The players didnt want you and neither did the new executive, and I can assure you that my Eels mates are glad you are going.
      Be good to know who is paying your salary at your new club? Hiope its not the members.
      Are we about to learn that the guy who made this ludicrous offer to you to coach the Raiders, Chairman McIntyre is about to resign?
      I am not sure which club is the biggest basket case out of the Eels or the Raiders.
      The Raiders have just finally sacked an ordinary coach and hired one probably not as good, while the Eels have struck the lottery and lost their ordinary coach, but it seems they are about to replace him with one just as mediocre Neil Henry, who has a 48% win record with one of the best NRL lists.
      Hang in fans, its only a game.

      • September 11th 2013 @ 11:35pm
        barfly said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:35pm | ! Report

        Well said GURU……………………………

    • September 11th 2013 @ 11:43pm
      bjt said | September 11th 2013 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

      We all knew this was going to happen, it was only the matter of when. Not going to the raiders, but walking away from Parramatta when it got too tough.

      And what will happen next? We’ll see an article in one of Sydney’s rubbish rags how it is all the boards, the players, the fans, the NRL, the grounds keeper’s fault they lost 19 and forced him to leave. Everything other than taking any blame for himself.

      The truth is Parramatta got exactly what they deserved for installing a failure. A fate that will now be repeated at the Raiders.

    • September 12th 2013 @ 12:00am
      The eye said | September 12th 2013 @ 12:00am | ! Report

      Half the battle will be won by Henry if he can get Jarryd on board..if I was a Raiders player I’d be up on the roof and birding every camera I see.

    • September 12th 2013 @ 2:33am
      Rob G. said | September 12th 2013 @ 2:33am | ! Report

      Why anyone would want Ricky is beyond me. He won a premiership in his first year with a team who already had the roster. Since then he turned the sharks into a mess, parra into an even bigger mess, helped nsw to multiple origin losses and coaches one of the great Australian teams to a World Cup loss. My prediction, raiders to be bottom 3 next year.

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