On a day when the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs, two of the competition's heavy weights, are preparing for one of the most anticipated matches of the season the focus has been taken away by two other clubs and some major announcements.
Tonight on NRL Daily we take a look at the resignation of Eels coach Stephen Kearney and the announcement from Luke Lewis that he's joining the Sharks in 2013.
“I think he could see the writing on the wall,” says NRL Daily host John Gibbs in relation to the Kearney announcement. “He has to accept responsibility for recruitment and not getting the best out of his players, obviously nine wins out of 41 games shows he hasn’t achieved any level of success.”
Trent Barrett agrees. “when a club goes like that someone needs to pay the price, it’s the nature of the game,” Barrett said.
But the question on everyone’s lips is who will step in to take the reins, and both Gibbvs and Barrett believe Ricky Stuart is ready-made for the job.
“The Eels need a coach that will attract big name players,” says Gibbsy. “Ricky Stuart is a man that can do that.”
To help dissect the decision, ex-Eels coach and NRL.com columnist Daniel Anderson phones the boys to give his insights on the landscape at the Eels and answers questions about who should be the next coach. Does Anderson want his old job back?
We also bring you the latest on the Luke Lewis announcement and provide all the late mail leading into Round 20 of the Telstra Premiership.
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