Sam Burgess Shortlisted for Parramatta Eels Top Job – Rugby League News

Warrington Wolves Head Coach Sam Burgess Shortlisted for Parramatta Eels Top Job

In a surprising turn of events, Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess has been named on the shortlist to take over the vacant Parramatta Eels role in the NRL. The Eels announced the dismissal of long-serving boss Brad Arthur on Monday, after over a decade at the helm, as the club searches for a new direction.

Parramatta currently sit just three places above the bottom-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs, having won only three games all season. The 48-16 thrashing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm in Magic Round proved to be the final straw for the 50-year-old Arthur. Former Wigan Warriors star and current Eels assistant Trent Barrett has been appointed as the interim head coach.

The Eels had previously looked to lure legendary coach Wayne Bennett to the club, but it now appears he is set to join the Rabbitohs instead.

As a result, Parramatta are scouring both the NRL and overseas for their next head coach, and reports suggest Burgess has emerged as a leading candidate.

Burgess Shortlisted for Eels Job

The Daily Telegraph, Wide World of Sport, and Channel Nine have all named the former England international on their respective shortlists for the Eels job. Burgess, who spent nearly a decade playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, has extensive experience in the Australian game and is currently in his debut season as Warrington’s head coach.

Despite the links, it seems unlikely that Burgess would depart the Wolves at this stage of the season, especially given his recent comments about having a two-year deal in place. Warrington are enjoying a strong Super League campaign and have reached the Challenge Cup final at Wembley next month.

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