Kearney: It’s a great relief


Stephen Kearney says he’s relieved to be leaving Parramatta after announcing his resignation at a press conference.

The former Melbourne player joined the Eels as head coach in 2010 but has paid the price for a disastrous seas son far, which has seen the club pick up just three wins.

The news Kearney was being pushed out was leaked to the media yesterday, but Kearney insisted the decision to leave his his alone.

“Despite what has already been reported I have decided to resign from my position as senior coach of the club,” Kearney said.

“I feel it’s the best option for everyone concerned, the Club gets an opportunity to move forward and I know it’s of great relief for my family.

“For a number of reasons, some about timing, some about opportunity and some about best fit, I have been unable to achieve the success I wanted for the Parramatta Eels and it’s wonderful supporters and fans, and it’s time to make a change.

“I feel I have tried my absolute hardest and best that I could have and have always been mindful to act with integrity and honour in the most difficult of circumstances.

Kearney added he would focus his efforts on his role with the New Zealand team but thanked coaches and supporters for the opportunity.

“It remains for me to say that I’m grateful for the experience which is one I’ll learn a great deal from, and the challenge that the senior role has provided,” said Kearney.

“I wish the Eels all the best for a successful future and I look forward to my ongoing investment in our game of Rugby League.”