Steve Kearney has confirmed he is stepping down as Parramatta NRL coach.
Kearney said he hasn’t spoken with chairman Roy Spagnolo and chief executive Bob Bentley about when he will officially finish up with the club, however it appears likely he will coach the side in Saturday night’s clash with Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium.
He denied being pushed and said the resignation was his own decision.
The decision to axe Kearney was reportedly made late on Thursday and Eels captain Nathan Hindmarsh confirmed players didn’t find out about the announcement until it had been reported in the media on Thursday night.
Kearney said announcing his departure was a huge relief and he would concentrate his efforts on coaching the New Zealand Test team who are preparing for a World Cup defence next year.
The 40-year-old declined to point fingers over his resignation and said he was proud of improvements he’s made in junior development.