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Eels Next Coach

Who will be Eels Next Coach

  • Hannay

    Votes: 27 29.3%
  • Hollbrook

    Votes: 12 13.0%
  • Ryles

    Votes: 25 27.2%
  • Morris

    Votes: 6 6.5%
  • Cheika

    Votes: 22 23.9%

  • Total voters
    92

Zoso

Juniors
Messages
127
Great article

Pretty damning take down of the club. I’d agree with middle-of-the-road assessment of Brad.
Heaven help us if we go for Barrett!!
Miss supercoach only to score a proven dud…
I’d roll the dice on Chieka (with quality assistants) over Barrett!
 

The Predictor

Juniors
Messages
1,645
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Ba is an excellent man manager but i feel never had or chose good assistants

Alot of consultant coaches who never stayed long either

Chekka seems to know how to get the best out of his players and coaches
Self preservation, I don’t think he was a good man manager (way too bummy with some), he had players he would never drop, regardless of form because they were friends, whilst youngsters made one mistake and they were gone, plus he seemed like he could hold a decent grudge
 

King-Gutho94

Coach
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12,942

‘I couldn’t be more ready’: Hannay opens up about Eels interest​


Josh Hannay has spoken about his interest in Parramatta, believing he “couldn’t be more ready” for a head coaching role after serving a long and varied apprenticeship.

The Eels are on the lookout for a replacement for Brad Arthur, who was sacked during the week after 11 years at the helm. Interim coach Trent Barrett was coy when asked during his pre-game press conference if he sought the role on a full-time basis, and the club has promised to conduct a global search for the right candidate.

Sources with knowledge of the situation who were not permitted to speak on the record said Hannay was one of the targets on a shortlist. His manager, Chris Orr - who also manages potential candidates Justin Holbrook, Jason Demetriou, Brian McDermott and John Morris - met with the Eels on Thursday.
“The job appeals,” Hannay told his masthead.

“I’ve purposely distanced myself from recent coaching vacancies because the job satisfaction I have here [as an assistant at Cronulla] and for the Maroons is enormous.
“I’m loath to walk away from that just for a different opportunity, but the Eels opportunity certainly appeals, that’s what I can say.

“When you look on and off the field, there’s a lot of good things happening.
“There’s a lot of potential for growth, there’s a lot of parts to that roster that excite. Off the field there’s an enormous fan base, it’s an enormously resourced club. These are all observations from a distance, but there’s a lot of things in my position that you look at on and off the field where you find it’s a pretty appealing and attractive job.”
The Eels sit in 14th spot and could be in danger of contending for the wooden spoon if they lose to the Rabbitohs on Saturday.

However, Hannay believes the Parramatta roster is in good shape.

“What stands out is the halves,” he said. “You look at [Dylan] Brown and [Mitchell] Moses, they are as good a halves combination as you could hope for stepping into that position.

“In and around that there’s some young talent with Blaize [Talagi], J’Maine Hopgood is on the fringes of Origin, some strong outside backs.

“From the outside looking in, there’s a lot of parts to that roster that do look appealing.”
Hannay has had stints as an interim head coach at the Sharks and the Cowboys, as well as traditional assistant roles, including currently being Billy Slater’s right-hand man for the Maroons.

Des Hasler had also earmarked Hannay as his successor at Manly, only for the premiership-winning coach to be sacked in favour of Anthony Seibold.

“The one thing Des did, and I would like to think Parramatta will be the same in their search for a coach, is Des did his homework,” he said.

“He spoke to people I had worked with and alongside to help him form that opinion; that opinion didn’t come from nowhere.

“I’d like to think Parramatta will go down a similar path with their search for a head coach.”
Hannay is contracted to the Sharks until the end of 2026, although head coach Craig Fitzgibbon wouldn’t stand in his way if a top job presented itself. Asked if he was ready to become a head coach, Hannay said: “Do you truly know if you’re ready until you sit in the chair?

“I feel like, given the path I have taken, I couldn’t be more ready. The big question would be, if Parramatta is interested, if they do their due diligence and homework, that question would be answered for them. They wouldn’t have to answer it.”
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Meanwhile, Barrett said he was better for his previous experiences as a former Canterbury and Manly head coach.
“Plenty, certainly a hell of a lot from the previous jobs, and I’ve certainly learnt a lot since I’ve been here for the past 18 months,” Barrett said.
“There’s bits and pieces you pick up and things I would certainly do different. I’m excited about the challenge for the rest of the year.”

 

Noise

Coach
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17,650

‘I couldn’t be more ready’: Hannay opens up about Eels interest​


Josh Hannay has spoken about his interest in Parramatta, believing he “couldn’t be more ready” for a head coaching role after serving a long and varied apprenticeship.

The Eels are on the lookout for a replacement for Brad Arthur, who was sacked during the week after 11 years at the helm. Interim coach Trent Barrett was coy when asked during his pre-game press conference if he sought the role on a full-time basis, and the club has promised to conduct a global search for the right candidate.

Sources with knowledge of the situation who were not permitted to speak on the record said Hannay was one of the targets on a shortlist. His manager, Chris Orr - who also manages potential candidates Justin Holbrook, Jason Demetriou, Brian McDermott and John Morris - met with the Eels on Thursday.
“The job appeals,” Hannay told his masthead.

“I’ve purposely distanced myself from recent coaching vacancies because the job satisfaction I have here [as an assistant at Cronulla] and for the Maroons is enormous.
“I’m loath to walk away from that just for a different opportunity, but the Eels opportunity certainly appeals, that’s what I can say.

“When you look on and off the field, there’s a lot of good things happening.
“There’s a lot of potential for growth, there’s a lot of parts to that roster that excite. Off the field there’s an enormous fan base, it’s an enormously resourced club. These are all observations from a distance, but there’s a lot of things in my position that you look at on and off the field where you find it’s a pretty appealing and attractive job.”
The Eels sit in 14th spot and could be in danger of contending for the wooden spoon if they lose to the Rabbitohs on Saturday.

However, Hannay believes the Parramatta roster is in good shape.

“What stands out is the halves,” he said. “You look at [Dylan] Brown and [Mitchell] Moses, they are as good a halves combination as you could hope for stepping into that position.

“In and around that there’s some young talent with Blaize [Talagi], J’Maine Hopgood is on the fringes of Origin, some strong outside backs.

“From the outside looking in, there’s a lot of parts to that roster that do look appealing.”
Hannay has had stints as an interim head coach at the Sharks and the Cowboys, as well as traditional assistant roles, including currently being Billy Slater’s right-hand man for the Maroons.

Des Hasler had also earmarked Hannay as his successor at Manly, only for the premiership-winning coach to be sacked in favour of Anthony Seibold.

“The one thing Des did, and I would like to think Parramatta will be the same in their search for a coach, is Des did his homework,” he said.

“He spoke to people I had worked with and alongside to help him form that opinion; that opinion didn’t come from nowhere.

“I’d like to think Parramatta will go down a similar path with their search for a head coach.”
Hannay is contracted to the Sharks until the end of 2026, although head coach Craig Fitzgibbon wouldn’t stand in his way if a top job presented itself. Asked if he was ready to become a head coach, Hannay said: “Do you truly know if you’re ready until you sit in the chair?

“I feel like, given the path I have taken, I couldn’t be more ready. The big question would be, if Parramatta is interested, if they do their due diligence and homework, that question would be answered for them. They wouldn’t have to answer it.”
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Meanwhile, Barrett said he was better for his previous experiences as a former Canterbury and Manly head coach.
“Plenty, certainly a hell of a lot from the previous jobs, and I’ve certainly learnt a lot since I’ve been here for the past 18 months,” Barrett said.
“There’s bits and pieces you pick up and things I would certainly do different. I’m excited about the challenge for the rest of the year.”

I like what he had to say. Seemed confident without being arrogant . Bonus points for stating that he thought we were well resourced.
 

chiefy1

Bench
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2,561
On 9 October 2013, Hannay was appointed head coach of the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup for the 2014 season.[21] Over three seasons with the club, Hannay's highest place finish with the Magpies was 7th in 2016, missing the finals on points differential. He coached 70 games, winning 28, for a 40% winning percentage. In 2016 and 2017, he coached the Queensland under-18 rugby league team, losing both games to New South Wales.

No thanks
 

Happy MEel

First Grade
Messages
9,586
I will say one thing about BA, he has left the club in a position where pretty much every genuine coaching option available is interested (even Bennett but we sat on our hands too long). I think it will be more of a choice of who we think is best rather than taking whoever will take the job. That’s something.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
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86,876
so do you want Madge, or are you just being an argumentive prick ?
Just like you merkins I don't know who the best option is. So I don't want any of them. I am excitedly watching with interest.

But I point out Maguire because he has literally proven he can take a team to the next level, which was the major criticism of Arthur around here.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
Messages
86,876
Madge is probably the right choice, i guess. One thing the club needs is a change of culture and players to be held accountable. He has experience in this department.

I would say BA probably had the most trouble with dealing with some of the big personalities at the club and just didn't have that extra respect to pull them into line. They all liked him but maybe that was also the problem.

Like JD at Souths, managing those ego's was probably just a bridge too far for him.
Of all the criticisms I've seen thrown around by fans, this is the only one that has any validity. imo
 

Happy MEel

First Grade
Messages
9,586
Of all the criticisms I've seen thrown around by fans, this is the only one that has any validity. imo
I actually agree with this but I think Madge has a very limited shelf life. If we take him on I reckon he’ll be good to clean out the deadwood (and we have plenty) and will start to build a tougher culture. Perhaps that’s what we need right now. But I think his benefit will only last 2 or 3 years.

The Madge type of coach will often be available (think BA, Payton, Flanno). I think if ever there’s a time to throw caution to the wind, now is the time.

Cheika or Hannay for mine.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
Messages
86,876
I said Cheika about 6 weeks ago.

I had to laugh though Riccio says Gutho is injury prone.

The bloke has missed the last 3 games through injury in 6 years and suddenly injury prone.
They said the same thing about Watmough, who only missed 14 games in five years before coming to Parra.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
Messages
86,876
Perhaps our new sponsor could throw some extra dollars in for the coaching staff that even Politis wouldn’t want to match?

I’d like Holbrook as an assistant. Say what you will about the Titans during his tenure but they could definitely score tries.
Dual premiership winner Des Hasler is showing how easy it is coaching at the Titans.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
Messages
86,876
Think he is past it now. Remember he had a good team at Moanly and they punted him for some reason.
Exactly. As outsiders we see a very small part of the picture and relevant information is hard to get for judging coaches. In the absence of more relevant info, unemployment is a huge red flag.
 

the phantom menace

First Grade
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9,972
There's a lot of aspirants preparing their PowerPoint presentations for the board - including probably Barrett, Cayless, I saw Luke Burt mentioned... Hannay, McGregor, etc etc.

I'd be happy with Cheika (signed with some top level assistants), or maybe Maguire for two years just to shake the roster up - but I just can't see it.

So it will be Brian McDermott imo.
 

Poupou Escobar

Post Whore
Messages
86,876
Reckon Cheika, wouId end in huge disappointment. Yeah he is probably a good man manager....but coaching an international league side with zero expectations along with no league experience isn't a great resume!

Union is a lot different to league....

Just don't see him capable of being a day to day NRL coach....
I'd say he is the highest risk of every candidate we've discussed here. But could also be awesome with expensive enough assistants.
 

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