June 15, 2024

Parramatta star Dylan Brown says coach Brad Arthur’s axing was unfair, insists players are to blame for poor form

Parramatta star Dylan Brown says it was ‘unfair’ for Brad Arthur to be sacked as the club’s coach at this stage of the season and concedes the players are to blame for his demise with the Eels languishing in the bottom four.

Brown is the first Eels player to speak publicly about the veteran coach’s axing, with Arthur sacked following a heavy loss to the Storm at Magic Round where they leaked 48 points to a team missing some of its biggest stars.

Arthur and Brown had a special bond from the moment the Kiwis playmaker made his NRL debut in 2019, and it explains why he was gutted to see his mentor shown the door after he guided the Eels to the grand final in 2022.

‘We’re all adults and things happen that we don’t want to happen. It was unexpected what happened and it’s disappointing to see him go because a lot of us are really close with Brad,’ he said.

‘For him to be gone just like that, especially at this time of the season, is disappointing.

‘We are disappointed but we’ve got to move on and get results because there are fans waiting for us to perform. Brad wasn’t going to perform on the field, it’s us players that have to.

‘It’s disappointing that results were the reason that he did get sacked, and that’s up to us.

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