Coaches reflect on comeback king status
THEY inherited clubs in tatters, but Kevin Moore and Daniel Anderson are now just two wins from an NRL premiership.
And as they sat together at a joint media conference on Thursday, ahead of a preliminary final showdown at ANZ Stadium, they reflected on how they had resuscitated the Bulldogs and Parramatta.
Moore's efforts in reviving a wooden spoon outfit reeling from the walk-out of their best player, made him the Dally M coach of the year.
“We put last year behind us very quickly,” he said yesterday.
“It's a new team and we said at the start of the year we're not going to put any specific goals on where we might finish. We're going to work hard and hopefully that will take us a fair way.”
Anderson's mid-season turnaround of the Eels has likewise been well documented.
But his original mission had been to solve the puzzle of why talent-laden Parramatta could only manage 11th a year after stretching eventual premiers Melbourne in the second last week of 2007.
He was still looking for answers when the Eels lost five of their first seven.“Just because you don't win doesn't mean that you don't enjoy it,” he said of his early rounds at the helm.
“I thought our attitude and effort changed dramatically.
“The aim was to build the club, to make it go forward, just to try and take small steps forward as a club.”