NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent has blasted the recent behaviour of Penrith coach Ivan Cleary, and his inability to answer questions relating to the Panthers’ disappointing season.
Cleary refused to answer anything regarding team selection issues, and didn’t want to go into any detail on the matter saying the club had deeper issues to manage.
“When people come out and they have a plan and they don’t give you details about it then it adds to this worry that Ivan doesn’t know how to get out of this,” Kent told NRL 360.
“His inability to give any indication of what problem is and how he plans to fix it other than I’ve got a plan trust me, there is nothing to see here. Move along don’t ask me anymore questions.
“All you idiots out there at Penrith that put your money in your pocket just keep doing it because we are happy to spend it. And we are going to find a way trust me.
“It is unacceptable. It is supposed to be a professional sport.”
The Panthers currently sit dead last on the NRL table, with a diminishing record of 2-8 heading into this week’s contest against the Eels who sit 8th.
Cleary admitted there are issues that need solving, which has only come to fruition in the last month, yet didn’t want to discuss further.
“I’ve worked out quite a few things in the last month that has given us a plan going forward. Looking forward to getting into it.”
When asked if he could elaborate on his findings, Cleary said “Nah I’m not going to do that. So many factors go into it that you can’t always pinpoint exactly what it is. It’s a combination of things. I’m not going to talk out of school here.”
Kent also raised the situation Cleary is in with some of his players, including questions surrounding the future of Dallin Waten-Zelezniak.
“A common courtesy which is all anyone is asking from the coach is to say we have discussed Dallin and we will be putting a statement out later that he has asked to negotiate with other clubs and off we go,” Kent said.
“Seriously show some respect to your fans.”