Probably the most accurate article I’ve seen about us.The NRL Tackle: Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur under fire after South Sydney defeat
After yet another mystifyingly poor performance from his Eels, it’s coming to a point where Brad Arthur needs to justify he’s the man to end Parramatta’s epic premiership drought.
Lost in the celebration of Latrell Mitchell’s stunning return for South Sydney was the fact this was another serious setback for Parramatta’s premiership campaign.
And Brad Arthur just can’t continue to escape scrutiny for these ridiculously inconsistent performances that are tearing apart the Eels’ best chance to win a title in more than a decade.
We’ve seen over the weekend how Justin Holbrook is the latest NRL coach fighting to save his job with Gold Coast on the bottom of the ladder and going backwards fast.
But for different reasons Arthur’s position is also coming to that point where he needs to justify that he can be the man who can lead this club to that long awaited premiership.
And it’s no good having a team capable of beating heavyweights Penrith and Melbourne when they can’t back it up against the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers, or a Souths team that was admittedly pumped by Latrell’s return but nevertheless humiliated in their most recent game against St George Illawarra.
You also can’t ignore this is Arthur’s ninth season and Parra are yet to make it past week two of the finals on his watch.
Arthur said after the game that effort wasn’t the issue against Souths.
But how does he say that when in the next breath he pretty much blamed the performance on a lack of effort from certain individuals, saying “on different weeks we’ve got different blokes owning their jobs”.
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The fact is it is all just a cop out, because it was obvious to all from the opening exchanges that the Eels just didn’t turn up with the right attitude – and it has been their ongoing issue all season.
But just like the players Arthur needs to take accountability for his part because it is a coach’s job to get them ready to play.
Paul Crawley Telegraph