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Why Arthur is under the pump as horror month awaits Eels


The Parramatta Eels are feeling the heat after their 28-0 loss to the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night.

Having lost three out of their last four games, the Eels are now barely clinging on to fourth spot with both the Roosters and Manly closing in.

As a result, Sydney Morning Herald chief sports writer Andrew Webster thinks their coach Brad Arthur is under pressure to keep his job.

“I think it’s not just the most important month of football for Parramatta in a long time, but it’s got to be for Brad Arthur,” Webster said on SEN 1170 Morning Glory.

“I know the board and the management say he’s got their support, which is always a dangerous sign, and I get that.

“But he’s been there since 2014 and I know they’ve gone through salary cap scandals and had to rebuild rosters and all of that, again though, with that team that should be enough.

“They should be attacking better than they have in the last couple of weeks even without Mitch Moses there.”

With Arthur’s future coming into question, Matty Johns believes Wayne Bennett would be his perfect replacement.

“When you look at what he (Bennett) did at the Dragons, it was exactly the same,” Johns said.

“They were going great, hit the back end of the year and started to fade, he recognised it and put the icing on the cake.

“I just come back to the fact that I don’t see Wayne Bennett having a year off coaching.”

The Eels face a tough run home with top eight sides South Sydney, Manly, Melbourne and Penrith to come in the last five weeks.

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