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Bennett to the Eels - ?

eels_fan

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Parramatta have slammed reports Wayne Bennett is being considered for a coaching director role from 2025 while underlining their confidence in coach Brad Arthur.
The emphatic denial from Eels chief executive Jim Sarantinos comes after reports emerged on Wednesday linking the Dolphins coach and seven-time premiership-winner to a position at the club mentoring Arthur.

“This is wrong and it has never been discussed. We’ve got no idea where it’s come from,” Sarantinos said in response.

“Brad is our coach and he leads our football program.”

Pressure is building on the Eels ahead of 2024 after a miserable season last year, where they missed finals after making the grand final in 2022.

However, the swift denial shows support for Arthur, who has been head coach at the club for a decade and is contracted until the end of 2025.

While the Eels are desperate to end the longest premiership drought in the game, Bennett has not been discussed as part of plans to deliver a title to Sydney’s west.

The role of a coaching director is similar to one held by Phil Gould at Canterbury, but requires a delicate balance of personalities and power.

Appointing an experienced mentor to oversee the club’s NRL coaching system is not part of plans for the Eels, nor do they believe it would work.

 

the phantom menace

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He'll be 75 years old... it's a bit like having Prince Charles do a temporary cameo fill-in on the throne. before William becomes the King.

In that analogy, BA is Queen Liz II... but who is our William, that's what I'm really wanting to know?

I'd rather we spend our efforts to sign Kristen Wolfe to take over from BA when his current/final contract is done.
 

Gary Gutful

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What makes you so sure @Gary Gutful
Two things:

1. The over the top protestations from our club in response.
2. My sense of how Bennett values challenges. It’s motivated him before and will no doubt drive him going forward.

I have no doubt it’s being canvassed and I think it’s an excellent plan. Still a lot of shit that needs to happen before it eventuates, but I’m predicting it will be happen.
 

Avenger

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Two things:

1. The over the top protestations from our club in response.
2. My sense of how Bennett values challenges. It’s motivated him before and will no doubt drive him going forward.

I have no doubt it’s being canvassed and I think it’s an excellent plan. Still a lot of shit that needs to happen before it eventuates, but I’m predicting it will be happen.
If it does, BA will end up coaching Manly and take Matt Arthur with him. They need a new ball boy.
 

yy_cheng

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He'll be 75 years old... it's a bit like having Prince Charles do a temporary cameo fill-in on the throne. before William becomes the King.

In that analogy, BA is Queen Liz II... but who is our William, that's what I'm really wanting to know?

I'd rather we spend our efforts to sign Kristen Wolfe to take over from BA when his current/final contract is done.
Bennett has experience and successes, Charles has Jack Shite
 

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