I am always reluctant to discuss the plight of my former club
Parramatta but I have no choice this week after their horrible 0-4 start
to the season.
As a playing group, they are dishing up sub-standard performances. There is no escaping that, no way of sugar-coating it.
Rugby league is a tough business and tough times aren't much fun. You don't want to live them.
There is something significantly wrong at Parramatta.
is not as if they are decimated off the field through injury - although
Jarryd Hayne is obviously a massive loss - and it's not as though they
are backing-up after losing a lot of players to State of Origin.
There are some key issues that need to be resolved. But to blame one person in coach Steve Kearney I think is unfair.
Everyone must shoulder some responsibility in all this.
are question marks over the club's recruitment, retention and
re-building. The front office must take same blame, as should the
coaching staff and playing group.
This is no time to be pointing the finger.
I think rugby league has always pointed the finger at others when confronted by a crisis. Everyone is accountable.
I think fans can somehow accept being beaten by six or eight points. As long as they have a go.
they don't cop paying good bucks to go and watch their team get
walloped. And Parra has been smashed for two successive weeks.
And it doesn't get any easier - the Eels' next two games are against Manly and Newcastle.
Unless they pick up their form, Parramatta could be 0-6 - their season just about over before it even began.
I don't think the Eels board should panic here. Rushing out and sacking the coach isn't always the answer.
The journey back to success can be painful, slow and tedious. But it has to start somehow.
You'd be amazed how quickly these issues are resolved with a couple of wins.
Maybe Hayne's return - hopefully this weekend - will be the catalyst to turn things around.Parramatta
will start heavy underdogs against Manly this weekend at home but what
better way to end the crisis than a win over their old arch-rivals.