PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Panthers coach Ivan Cleary speaks to the media after the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Panthers Stadium on May 17, 2019 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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.”


  1. Iv, happy to wax on about how and why he feels son Nathan is good enough for Origin but not willing to discuss his own teams selections…..Hey Iv, it has nothing to do with Nathan pocketing an extra $90k if he plays SOO is it?… oh that’s right he’s already pocketed $330k this year for his outstanding contributions for Penrith

  2. There’s no need to attack Nathan here. He actually hasn’t done anything wrong. Yes he is on a lot of money, probably way too much money. But that’s what the club offered him, out of fear that they would lose him to another club, Nathan is not to blame for that. Yes he is out of form, but he is one of very few players in the Panthers squad actually getting out there and having a go. Still trying to earn his spot and his value.
    Ivan on the other hand is to blame!
    He is the coach….. he needs to show some transparency with the public if anything at least his bloody fans….. and it’s his job to get the best out of his playing roster….. this roster was predicted to be a top 4 side at the beggining of the season. Honestly what the hell is he doing!!!!

  3. Why is Kent worried? The less said by the coach & club, the more stories he & the rest of the media can make up by themselves.
    It’s what they usually do anyway.

  4. Well the BIG Rumour circulating the greater west of Sydney is not souffffffffffs seting up home in the Western Suburbs for a further 20years BUT the current NZ captain and Penrith junior has a famous home video circulating around the club and Penrith hierarchy want him out before they have another player sitting on the sidelines wasting their salary cap. That’s why he did not even get dropped to reserve grade. They want him out before the 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩 hits the fan.


  5. You come up with lots of rumours Woodsap but none ever eventuate.
    Thats the problem when you come up with stuff in your own little brain, you convince yourself its all true LOL

  6. Wood Rot knows nothing about anything outside of the Chicken Pen.
    Other clubs are so worried about this imaginary video , that they’re all trying to sign DWZ.

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