Parramatta NRL skipper Nathan Hindmarsh says the players have to put their hands up for their role in coach Stephen Kearney’s demise.
Kearney on Friday announced his resignation with more than a year to run on his contract, his impending departure continuing a revolving door at one of the competition’s glamour clubs.
The Eels have had five coaches in six years, with Hindmarsh – who will hang up the boots at the end of the season – admitting the players had to take their fair share of blame for the instability.
“When it comes to the crunch, we’re not producing out on the field – we feel partly responsible with the results we’ve been giving out,” Hindmarsh said in recognition of the nine wins from 41 games under Kearney.
“We’re disappointed and it’s happened a few times.
“The amount of hard work Steve puts in with his coaching staff – not to get the results is disappointing.”
Just when Kearney will depart remains uncertain beyond Saturday night’s home game against Melbourne, with chief executive Bob Bentley claiming he would be happy for the Kiwi Test coach to see out the season.
Kearney can expect little mercy against the side with which he cut his teeth in coaching as an assistant to Craig Bellamy, given the Storm will arrive at Parramatta on the back of three straight losses.
Hindmarsh admitted the team’s forgetful campaign would not be the best way to bow out of the game, but he said he had no fears for the long-term future of the club.
“No, this is a great club – always will be. We’ve got great fans out there and I don’t fear for the future of the club,” Hindmarsh said.
“The playing group supports Steve’s decision.
“Despite what everyone thinks about his results, the amount of work Steve puts in behind the scenes and he’s got this club back to where it needs to go in regards to junior development and grass roots football and wish him all the best.”
In a bright spot for the Eels, fullback Jarryd Hayne is some chance of returning for the tussle with the Storm.
While Eels’ medical staff played down the possibility of an early return from a foot injury, Hayne seemed unhampered as he took part in Friday’s final training session.
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