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Bennett twist to Eels' tale with Arthur sacked, Barrett taking over: 'Progress of our team has stalled'

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20th May, 2024
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Parramatta dropped a bombshell by sacking Brad Arthur, effective immediately, and have conceded they have been trying for weeks to get Wayne Bennett to rescue them.

The club issued a statement on Monday afternoon: “It was the view of the board and CEO that the progress of our NRL team has stalled. Our goal is to win premierships and it is time for the club to go in a new direction.

“We want to thank Brad who has worked tirelessly for the club over a 10-year period.  During his time as head coach, the club has played in five finals series, including a grand final in 2022.

“We wish Brad and his family the very best in the future and we are very grateful for his services to the club.”

His stocks rose during a stint at the Panthers as Ivan Cleary’s assistant and the former St George Illawarra star could be an option to take over long term.

With Bennett returning to South Sydney and off the market, former Eels hooker John Morris, highly rated Storm assistant Jason Ryles could be tempted with Craig Bellamy staying in the Melbourne top job for 2025, while Cronulla and Queensland assistant coach Josh Hannay is also in the mix.

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Former Wallabies and Argentina rugby coach Michael Cheika declared his interest in the Rabbitohs post and would likely be interested in the Eels vacancy, along with club legend Nathan Cayless who has served an apprenticeship under Arthur.

Barrett will lock horns with former teammate Ben Hornby, who is South Sydney’s interim coach, when the struggling Sydney powerhouses face off at Accor Stadium on Saturday night.

with AAP

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