'Disappointed' Arthur lifts lid on sudden Eels axing

Day one of unemployment for Brad Arthur was not the way he would have hoped to celebrate this 50th birthday.

But the sacked Eels coach has handled the ordeal with class - saying he has no bitterness towards the club, despite them trying to lure outgoing Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett over the past few weeks.

Arthur was axed effective immediately on Monday afternoon.

Despite the shock axing, that was conveyed to him in a 10 minute meeting on Monday, Arthur holds no grudges, reflecting fondly on his tenure at the top.

'disappointed' arthur lifts lid on sudden eels axing

Former Eels coach Brad Arthur.

"I'm not bitter. I'm not cranky. Bit disappointed, but I'm grateful," Arthur told 9News Sydney's Danny Weidler on Tuesday.

"I've had a great life for the last 11 years and I wouldn't change any part of it.

"The 11 years that the club has given me, and that the playing group has given me, has allowed me to support and look after my family."

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Meantime, Arthur has expressed his gratitude towards his playing group, who have thrown their arms around him amidst the news.

"It's been overwhelming, the support from the players," he said.

"They are such a pleasure to coach and they always did exactly what I asked them to do.

"We didn't always get it right, but they always did exactly what I asked them to do.

"Every player in the group has contacted me, with a phone call or text.

"I'm looking forward to watching them turn it around, because they can."

But the 50-year-old is far from done coaching yet.

"I still want to coach, but I don't need to be in a rush for that. That will happen when it's meant to happen," he said.

The Eels made the call to sack Arthur after three heavy losses so far in 2024, with their most recent 48-16 loss at the hands of the Storm the final nail in the coffin.

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