They say that there are only two types of coaches in the NRL: those that have been sacked, and those that are waiting to be sacked. The following men are in danger of joining the former.
5. Brad Arthur
After a dismal 2018 campaign in which Parramatta claimed another wooden spoon, there is no coach under more pressure in the game than Brad Arthur. Let us not forget that in 2017, Parramatta went within a whisker of a grand final qualifier, but in 2018 with an arguably better squad than the previous season, it all fell apart.
As an outsider, it’s impossible to say what caused them to go from genuine title contenders to also-rans. Whether that be down to the Jarryd Hayne effect, complacency, or something else unbeknown to those outside the Eels’ inner sanctum. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on Arthur as a coach.
Now, Arthur is no longer a rookie coach, as he is going into his sixth season at the helm of the Eels. In this time, they have made the finals on only one occasion.
This humble writer isn’t suggesting that Arthur is a bad coach. Quite the contrary actually, let’s not forget the basket case they were prior to Arthur taking over. Completely unable to attract any talent or even be competitive in the majority of games.
However, the NRL is a results driven business. And for Arthur, one finals appearance in five seasons simply isn’t good enough. He also isn’t aided by the fact that he’ll be going into his most important season to date with a rookie halves partner for the already under-siege Mitch Moses.
All these factors combine to put the man affectionately known as BA in the coaching hot seat.