Parramatta Eels CEO Jim Sarantinos has shot down any hyperlink to controversial coach Shane Flanagan and has reiterated the membership’s assist of Brad Arthur.
Arthur’s future on the Eels has been referred to as into query various occasions regardless of the staff taking part in finals in three of the final 4 seasons. Including to the uncertainty, there’s been a hearsay doing the rounds that the membership has expressed curiosity in Flanagan — who can return to a head teaching function subsequent season.
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“I’ve spoken to no different coach,” he stated.
“Our chairman has spoken to no different coach. There was no consideration or dialogue about anybody else.
“We’ve made good progress within the final two years however in each space of our membership we need to enhance. That’s entrance workplace, soccer division, elite pathways, every thing.
“The final couple of years we’ve obtained to the second week of the finals however we’d love to do higher this 12 months. No-one extra so than Brad and the gamers. They’re burning for finals success.”
Arthur is contracted till the tip of 2022. The Eels made the highest 4 final season however was knocked out of the finals in straight units.
The membership suffered an enormous blow, shedding wingers Blake Ferguson and Maika Sivo to harm earlier than being rocked even additional on the morning of their semi-final when veteran centre Michael Jennings was pressured to face down after testing constructive to banned substances.
Regardless, Arthur got here below hearth after South Sydney ended Parramatta’s season. There have been reportedly some rumblings throughout the membership that Arthur wanted to “change his methods” and issues he isn’t the person to take the staff to a premiership.
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However the Eels boss says Arthur’s job is protected.
“If we get to a grand ultimate or win a premiership that’s terrific however Brad’s future just isn’t hanging on it,” Sarantinos stated.
“I can assure there isn’t any benchmark degree on the competitors ladder in relation to Brad’s future.
“We’re absolutely invested in Brad. We’d like him to be right here effectively past the following two years. If there’s progress, you again your individuals.
“It’s the identical with any job, not simply in rugby league.
“We’re doing every thing we will to assist Brad, his employees and the gamers to realize the absolute best outcomes.”