Eels Spiel: Right time to depart

HISTORY will look back on Stephen Kearney's two-year tenure as the Parramatta Eels head coach as a failure. It's hard not to.

Nine wins from 41 games — or a success rate of 22 per cent — it is a failure in anyone's book.

One game from the wooden spoon in 2011. Wooden spoon favourites in 2012.

It's not a pleasant thing to have on your resume. And, on Friday he announced his resignation.

Not sacking — as reported. He walked away from the job, despite strong suggestion he'd been tapped on the shoulder by club's hierarchy .

And why? "I've been unable to achieve what I've wanted to achieve at the Parramatta Eels," Kearney said.

"I tried my best but it just didn't work out.

"I just thought the best thing for myself, the club and my family was to move on."

Kearney's focus will shift to New Zealand rugby league as the Kiwis look to defend the World Cup in 18 months .

Assistant coach Brad Arthur will take over as head coach for the remainder of the season with Wentworthville coach Brett Cook as his assistant.

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