Steve Kearney announces resignation
Friday 20 July 2012 11:39 AM
Pirtek Parramatta Eels coach Stephen Kearney has today announced he has resigned from his position in the wake of the Club’s disappointing results of the past two seasons.
Kearney and Eels captain Nathan Hindmarsh fronted a press conference prior to the Eels final training session this morning ahead of Saturday night’s home clash against the Storm.
“Despite what has already been reported I have decided to resign from my position as senior coach of the Club,” Kearney said.
“I feel it’s the best option for everyone concerned, the Club gets an opportunity to move forward and I know it’s of great relief for my family.
“For a number of reasons, some about timing, some about opportunity and some about best fit, I have been unable to achieve the success I wanted for the Parramatta Eels and it’s wonderful supporters and fans, and it’s time to make a change.
“I feel I have tried my absolute hardest and best that I could have and have always been mindful to act with integrity and honour in the most difficult of circumstances.
“I would like to thank the playing group and staff for their effort in what has been a tough time for us all.
“What does the future look like for me? What this decision does is it gives me an opportunity to be more focused with the Kiwis and assisting the New Zealand Rugby League with the development of the game in New Zealand… it might start with trying to convince Kiwis to play for the Kiwis - this is a role I’ve always been passionate about.
“It remains for me to say that I’m grateful for the experience which is one I’ll learn a great deal from, and the challenge that the senior role has provided.
“I wish the Eels all the best for a successful future and I look forward to my ongoing investment in our game of Rugby League.”
Kearney said he’d assess with Eels CEO Bob Bentley and Chairman Roy Spagnolo which direction to take following Saturday night’s clash against Melbourne, whether it is to continue in the role until the end of the season or conclude his role with immediate effect.