The Eels have rubbished rumours that Wayne Bennett (L) will replace Brad Arthur (R) anytime soon.
The Eels have rubbished rumours that Wayne Bennett (L) will replace Brad Arthur (R) anytime soon.

Bennett to Eels is ‘complete rubbish’

A BEWILDERED and clearly frustrated Parramatta chairman Max Donnelly has point blank ended the conversation that Wayne Bennett is being head hunted to take Brad Arthur's job, declaring speculation was "complete rubbish".

Donnelly also categorically stated that Arthur has a contract until the end of next season and the club has no intention of getting rid of him for Bennett or any other coach.

In the wake of another dismal performance in the 42-24 loss to South Sydney, further reports emerged from Brisbane that Bennett had been approached by the Eels to potentially take Arthur's job in 2019.

Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr previously denied the club had made any approach to Bennett.

"Bernie made a statement last week saying it was complete rubbish. Well, I can confirm it," Donnelly said.

"We have made absolutely no approaches to Wayne Bennett. Nor have we got any intention of making them.

"It is just not true."

Bennett still has a year to run on his contract at the Broncos and Brisbane's chief executive Paul White has stated publicly that Bennett's current deal would be honoured - even if Craig Bellamy decides to quit Melbourne and head north.

Bellamy is expected to make an announcement on his future this weekend with Melbourne officials confident he will agree to a new deal at the Storm.

Donnelly was livid that Parramatta continued to be dragged into the speculation.

"I am the chairman and there has been no contact with Wayne Bennett and as far as I know there is no intention to make any contact," Donnelly added.

"I can't understand it. It keeps coming up and I keep denying it. I don't know how it keeps getting oxygen. It is just bizarre."

Asked if Arthur's position was safe, Donnelly was adamant: "Brad is contracted until the end of next year.

"You know me, what am I going to do, pay another coach? "Give me a break."

Donnelly confirmed the club this week started a full review into the entire football program at Parramatta in the wake of this year's disastrous results.

He would not say whether the review was being done internally, or if the club had appointed an outside consultant.

Michael Maguire's name has been linked to carry out the overhaul but Donnelly would not comment on who was conducting the review.

"There is no comment on the review other than I can tell you that it has started this week and I am not going to make a comment on it until it is finished," Donnelly said.

"It will take as long as it needs to take."



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