Parramatta icon Peter Sterling said that “the most disappointing thing” about the eels’ recent disgrace has been the diminishing efforts on the park and the failure to rectify the same issues that have also plagued them. finale last season.
Parramatta’s latest setback came in the form of an embarrassing surrender at the hands of Manly last night, in which they collapsed in a 56-10 loss on the Sunshine Coast.
The heavy loss, which has all but ruled out a top-four ranking as they struggle to break a 35-year drought as prime minister, has prompted critics of the club to hold on as questions continue to mount. hover over coach Brad Arthur’s tenure.
But it has also raised serious concerns from one of the club’s greatest champions, who says he is dismayed at the club’s lack of growth over the past year.
“They’re now in a position where they know they’re going to play for at least another month,” Sterling told the Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“I’m just expecting a reaction, I’ve been expecting it for a long time now and haven’t seen it.
“My concern with the club is that I think there are still issues there 12 months ago, with the way they play their football… I don’t know.
“You go off as a player, I’ve been belted many times, what you do is go back and look at yourself in the mirror and say how I’m preparing? How can I do better How can I be at my best when we’re running low You expect everyone on the team to do that and you hope that as a collective that means something.
“The only good thing is that we know they are in the first week of the final. And they have to find something next month to give themselves a chance.”
One point that Sterling believed he could still support the Eels on was their effort at the park, but the club icon conceded that he’s starting to see it slowly fade away.
“I wasn’t necessarily okay with the way they played at times, but the effort that was put in, I don’t think it was ever in doubt,” Sterling said.
“But that has changed. It’s the most disappointing thing.”
When asked if Brad Arthur was the right coach for the Eels, Sterling resisted a witch hunt.
“I do not want to go.”
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