Stephen Kearney’s time as Parramatta coach is over. Fairfax has been told that at a meeting between Kearney and club officials yesterday it was decided Kearney would not see out his time at the club.
It is understood Kearney will announce his resignation at a media conference today, but that he has effectively been sacked after failing to get the team to fire in his first two seasons.
Kearney, who was contracted until the end of next season, is expected to depart either straight away or after a farewell game as coach against Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.
There has been speculation NSW State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart could replace Kearney as coach next year, but he has more recently been strongly linked to Canberra.
It is anticipated recently appointed assistant coach Chris Anderson and Brad Arthur will take charge of the team in the short term.
It has been well documented that Kearney has a clause in his contract allowing for a full year’s payout if it is terminated, but what conditions he and the club have worked out now is not clear.
The Eels are on the bottom of the table as they prepare to meet the competition-leading Storm. They only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season.