Stephen Kearney: Dead man walking

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    Stephen Kearney’s critics have been sharpening their knives for weeks as the Parramatta Eels continue to crumble. On Friday night, the Eels were horrendous against Canterbury, losing 46-12.

    If Kearney’s head wasn’t already on the chopping block, he damn sure is in the kitchen.

    Let’s get one thing straight. This is one of the worst Parramatta sides we have ever seen. The Eels are so far behind every other club in the little areas its quite scary.

    At times, the players look like they don’t care.

    There are a lot of things wrong with the Eels and some of them aren’t Kearney’s fault. But you get the feeling the Parramatta coach has run out of ideas.

    Kearney is a dead man walking and he knows it.

    “We lack toughness to be able to push through a bit of a setback” he said at the post match press conference.

    “I think when teams play against us there’s a bit of carry-over from last year and they think, ‘just hang in there and we’ll get them. They’ll self-destruct’.

    “For me that’s as plain as it gets, for sure. We’ve got to toughen up and get through those periods, for sure.”

    Under pressure and struggling for answers, Kearney has limited legendary backrower Nathan Hindmarsh’s playing time. This is despite Hindmarsh still giving his guts for the cause.

    The skipper has also announced he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the year. Wouldn’t Hindmarsh want to be out there for every last second of every last match?

    With the Eels leading after 30 minutes and the Bulldogs offloading at will, Ben Barba saw a gap and hit the turbo boosters.

    If it was any other Eel, Barba would have been through and off for the prize. But it wasn’t any normal Eel. It was Hindmarsh. The former International somehow scrambled across, closed the gap and dragged Barba to the ground.

    Hindmarsh was then taken from the field and all hell broke lose.

    It isn’t all Kearney’s fault. The players are clearly to blame too. But you can’t sack an entire roster.

    Hooker Matt Keating, a possible future Parramatta captain, wasn’t happy post match either.

    “I don’t know if we are trying too hard” Keating said.

    “There seems to be some boys that are trying and some that aren’t. Steve talks every week about doing your job, but we don’t seem to be doing that. We look away for one moment and it burns us.”

    Kearney was seen in the sheds pre-game idly doodling on a clipboard. Perhaps he was writing up his résumé.

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    • May 7th 2012 @ 7:40am
      oikee said | May 7th 2012 @ 7:40am | ! Report

      The Eels need to dig in, getting rid of another coach wont do them any good, and being subject to pressure over the coach wont help either. They need to not talk to the media if it is about the coach. Time they stood tall for their club.
      They have other issues that need sorting, board level, and they bought a half back who is not performing.
      The younger players are doing pretty good, alot better than the young broncos started out a couple of years ago. I remember Yea Yow and young Macullouck making numerous mistakes, yet they persevered.
      Anyhow, whatever happens happens. If they get rid of Kearney they dont have alot of options.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 8:03am
      Jeff McGinn said | May 7th 2012 @ 8:03am | ! Report

      who would be brave enough to destroy their reputation with this mob?.

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        May 7th 2012 @ 11:18am
        Curtis Woodward said | May 7th 2012 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        Kearney should have stayed in Melbourne under Bellamy and waited for another job. God couldnt save this side.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 8:07am
      Ogy said | May 7th 2012 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      The club needs change and that starts with the coach. End of story!

      • May 7th 2012 @ 11:46am
        Nate Hornblower said | May 7th 2012 @ 11:46am | ! Report

        what rubbish, how many coaches are Parramatta going to cycle through before they realise there has been a losing culture at this club since the 90’s. I feel for Parramatta fans, they must be the most infuriating team to support, so inconsistent.

        One thing that would be interesting, Will Hopoate signed with Parra only because of Kearney and his long term vision. It surely would suck if by the time Hoppa gets to the Eels the coach who wooed him over was long gone.

        Where they need to start with is the players, the buck stops with them! It’s about time they rid their hands of Jarred Hayne, his weak as piss performance on Friday was the last straw. He showed no heart and commitment to put his body on the line. He doesn’t even deserve a SOO jumper at this point.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 8:11am
      Andy said | May 7th 2012 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      Stephen Kearney was always going to be a gamble, being unproven at coaching nrl level. Unfortunately for the eels the gamble has not paid off and i think because of his chop and change attitude he no longer has the players on side. The Eels should look for a more experienced coach next time.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 9:56am
      oikee said | May 7th 2012 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      The Knights have a more experienced caoch, and look at that rabble. Mate you would not pay half those Knights players, they had no ideas how to score points. I was yelling at the TV for Boyd to pass the ball, he ran with it all game and did nothing, so i was screaming for him to pass the damm ball, he had nothing.

      No way, i would rather be in Kearneys shoes than Bennetts. the knights are hopeless, at least the Eels are showing promise.
      I would stick solid with Kearney. And listen to no one, i would be prepared to resign and put my career on the line over Kearney. If they hold their nerve, the Eels will come good next year.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 10:19am
      hindy said | May 7th 2012 @ 10:19am | ! Report

      get rid of hayne!

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