Monday Night Football Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sharks Parramatta Stadium, 7pm
You know as a first grade coach that you are skating on thin ice when you are relying on your players to keep your job. Unfortunately for Parramatta Eels coach Stephen Kearney, this is the quagmire he faces.
Tonight at Parramatta Stadium in Monday Night Football, the Eels face the battle hardened Cronulla Sharks. A team with Paul Gallen and Todd Carney at the helm.
Many predict though that this will finally be the night that the Eels breakthrough for that elusive victory. A feeling they haven’t had since they shocked the Manly Sea Eagles in round five.
As reported in The Telegraph, Kearney has been apparently given two weeks to shape up or ship up.
“To be honest, that’s something any board would do in a business environment” Eels Chief Executive Bob Bentley told The Telegraph.
“My view of it is if you’re running a business, in our case the leagues club is going really well from a financial point of view but the footy club’s not going so well on the park.
“So they’ll continue to have those sort of thoughts and views and discussions, which is normal.”
Parramatta might just win tonight. The Sharks are coming off a bye which could halt their momentum. The Eels are also desperate after going down in some heartbreaking losses.
Nathan Hindmarsh believes Carney is the man to watch.
“He’s been around long enough to bounce back from that and not everyone can have the best game every week,” Hindmarsh said.
“He’ll bounce back and do what he’s been doing all year with the Sharks.”
Its been a difficult old time for Kearney who has done everything in his power to push this team forward.
Last weekend they were robbed by a poor refereeing decision and went down to St George Illawarra at Kogarah. In Round 10 they posted 34 points but still lost to Canberra.
Kearney is improving these players and slowly but surely they are moving forward.
But a win tonight wont save Kearney. You sense Kearney is already packing his bags. All the while the players escape punishment despite the season they have had.
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON FOOTYSOCIAL.COM.AU