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Eels in the media

King-Gutho94

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Gee things are going well when the chairman can't even remember the Tigers beat us the week before the Canberra game not Manly.

Which was 3 weeks ago.

And saying we're 7 games into a 25 game season who we are we playing for that extra 25th game the BYE.
 

Soto

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Just shows how disconnected the whole joint is...
A clean out is required from top to bottom...Sean was right though...his beloved dragons beat manly that round 😂
 

Gronk

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Let’s bury our head in the sand a little deeper
Well, the way that I read the interview is that the coach has the full support of the board…

Season 2 Time GIF by American Gods
 

Eelementary

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Just shows how disconnected the whole joint is...
A clean out is required from top to bottom...Sean was right though...his beloved dragons beat manly that round 😂

If it's true he's a Dragons fan, would that not be a conflict of interest?

I'm not saying he necessarily needs to be an Eels fan, but a neutral, at least ...
 
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Monday Buzz: Parramatta Eels chairman Sean McElduff Q&A on Brad Arthur coaching future, disastrous Dolphins performance

A chat with Eels chairman Sean McElduff put a spotlight on the fact Parramatta are a club in denial, refusing to concede there’s any problem with coach Brad Arthur. Phil Rothfield reveals the Q&A that exposes what’s wrong at the Eels.

The Parramatta Eels are sadly in denial.

After a pathetic performance against the Dolphins on Friday night, Eels chairman Sean McElduff has refused to concede there is a problem with coach Brad Arthur.

They have now conceded 105 points in the last three games against the Raiders, Cowboys and Dolphins and face a tough three weeks against Manly, the Broncos and Storm.

I spoke to McElduff over the weekend about the current situation.

Read on and you’ll see what I mean about them being in denial.

Buzz: How’s the coach looking?

McElduff: It’s not panic stations yet.

Buzz: That was terrible on Friday night, they showed no heart in the second half.

McElduff: It wasn’t a good performance, I agree. You heard what the coach said afterwards.

Buzz: And you were flogged two weeks ago against the Raiders.

McElduff: In between that we had a good win against the Cowboys. Before the Canberra game we beat Manly.

Buzz: But surely the coach is under pressure.

McElduff: I wouldn’t say so at this stage.

Buzz: But you didn’t make the eight last year.

McElduff: We expect to be a finals team but we’re just seven games into the comp.

Buzz: So you’re not even looking at the coaching position?

McElduff: No, we’re not. It’s too early. Obviously we’re missing Mitchell (Moses). He’s a massive loss.

Buzz: Okay, if you don’t make the eight, is Brad safe?

McElduff: It’s too early to have that conversation.

Buzz: It’s a fair question.

McElduff: It’s a reasonable question but it depends. If you get lapped every week, it’s one scenario. If you miss the eight but have injuries, it’s how the team’s performing for the coach.

There’s a whole host of things. It’s futile speculating now because we’re only seven games into a 25-game season. That’s the way I think about it. As I said, we beat the Cowboys last week.

Buzz: You’ve conceded 85 points against Canberra and the Dolphins.

McElduff: Canberra in Canberra is a tough game. The Dolphins performance was terrible. The coach said that. Let’s see how we respond. Brad’s been good for a long time. It’s not even something we’re even contemplating at this time.

Buzz: Your fans are very angry.

McElduff: I can understand that after the performance on Friday night.

So on that note we ended the conversation.

That second half performance in Darwin on Friday night was the worst I’ve seen from a Parramatta Eels side for 10 years.

Arthur said after the game: “We gave up.” And he was spot on.

Somehow the Dolphins scored eight tries between the 50th and 75th minutes. That’s almost a try every three minutes.

It’s easy for people in denial like McElduff to blame it on the absence of Moses.

Not to mention the Dolphins were without Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Tom Flegler, Felise Kaufusi and Herbie Farnworth, close enough to their best four players.

Besides, I’m not sure Moses could have saved any of the eight tries in those 25 minutes. I’m also not sure he could have stopped Canberra scoring 41 points two weeks earlier. This team has conceded an average of 35 points a game in three weeks.

All clubs suffer injuries to key players

Look how Penrith keep finding ways to win without Nathan Cleary.

The Broncos seem to manage when Adam Reynolds is not there.

Storm had Cameron Munster out for the first five weeks but kept winning.

Moses is not the reason Parramatta is in crisis.

This goes back to the last season’s premiership capitulation.

They have now won just six of their last 15 games.

The players are not responding to Arthur’s coaching. It’s as simple as that
Honestly the Chair is dead batting all these questions. What did he expect him to say?

Buzz: So you’re not even looking at the coaching position?

Chair: Mate just between you me and the gatepost, I mean obviously your not going to tell anyone but Brad is a dead man walking.
 
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Having watched Both Flegg and Cup yesterday. There are some universal issues.

The lack of mental toughness as a team is key amongst them.

Flegg were down 12 - 0 after conceding 3 early tries. from errors or penalties then letting the chooks go over 60 m to score. But came back to lead 24 - 12 just before the break then after oranges failed to score to lose the game.

Cup blew a 12-point lead late in the 2nd half, and while I was sitting near coach Cayless and can agree we aren't getting the 50/50 calls we also aren't putting ourselves in a position to not need those 50/50 calls.

I just wish this club would be as ruthless as we the fans are in our desire.
 

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Having watched Both Flegg and Cup yesterday. There are some universal issues.

The lack of mental toughness as a team is key amongst them.

Flegg were down 12 - 0 after conceding 3 early tries. from errors or penalties then letting the chooks go over 60 m to score. But came back to lead 24 - 12 just before the break then after oranges failed to score to lose the game.

Cup blew a 12-point lead late in the 2nd half, and while I was sitting near coach Cayless and can agree we aren't getting the 50/50 calls we also aren't putting ourselves in a position to not need those 50/50 calls.

I just wish this club would be as ruthless as we the fans are in our desire.
The failure of pathways. Heads must roll.

PS nice to see you back MITS.
 
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The failure of pathways. Heads must roll.

PS nice to see you back MITS.
I don't know if we can call it a failure, but they aren't performing at the moment.

Are there reasons. Sure, we have 1 kid that could still be playing SG Ball playing in Cup.

5 Kids that could switch between cup and flegg at a moment's notice.

some fringe flegg players regularly starting because we have promoted kids to cup. There are a lot of kids we want to keep so we are playing them up in an effort to keep them.

but they are making a boat load of mistakes on the pitch.

As to being back thanks mate.
 

yy_cheng

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Having watched Both Flegg and Cup yesterday. There are some universal issues.

The lack of mental toughness as a team is key amongst them.

Flegg were down 12 - 0 after conceding 3 early tries. from errors or penalties then letting the chooks go over 60 m to score. But came back to lead 24 - 12 just before the break then after oranges failed to score to lose the game.

Cup blew a 12-point lead late in the 2nd half, and while I was sitting near coach Cayless and can agree we aren't getting the 50/50 calls we also aren't putting ourselves in a position to not need those 50/50 calls.

I just wish this club would be as ruthless as we the fans are in our desire.
This totally contradicts the clubs mantra from the coach. Chase the collision and Effort. That's all about mental toughness
 

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hineyrulz

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the media will dine out on the Eels at the moment as they generate a lot of clicks
So you don’t think the coach or club should be under pressure?? And it’s no so much the losses but the way we are losing. I mean who lets in 8 tries in 25 mins?? That’s worse than Early 90’s Parra and at least those blokes had a crack they just weren’t good enough.
 

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