Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has described the situation at the embattled NRL club as “a shambles from the time I got there till now” and lamented that senior figures “don’t want me to succeed” in transcripts of his interview with the league’s Integrity Unit.
Arthur, who joined the Eels in 2014, met with the head of the NRL’s integrity unit, Nick Weeks, and lead investigator Karyn Murphy in April as part of the salary cap investigation into his team which led to a $1 million fine and the deduction of 12 competition points, among other penalties.
In the interview, Arthur showed his frustration at the behind-the-scenes meddling which has hampered the club during his tenure according to News Corp Australia.
Arthur said he felt like his efforts to drag the club, which had been lumped with back-to-back wooden spoons before his arrival, out of the mire were being undermined.
“I feel like not everyone’s working with me, that people are working against me (and) they don’t want me to succeed,” Arthur is said to have told Weeks.
When asked about his relationship with the board, Arthur declared: “It’s been a shambles from the time I there till now.”
Arthur also urged the NRL not to dock the team competition points and admitted he hid team information from the board because he felt it might be leaked to the media.
He also urged the NRL to make changes at the Eels because “we’re leaderless”.