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Anderson unaware of talks with Kearney

By Wayne Heming 13/08/2010 11:06:42 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson admitted his future as Eels coach was out of his hands following rumours the club had been courting Melbourne assistant Stephen Kearney.

Anderson has endured an up an down year in charge of the mercurial Eels, who kept alive their NRL finals hopes with a win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Speculation about his future had deepened following television reports that the club was sounding out another coach should last year's grand finalists fail to make the top eight in 2010.

Asked if he'd heard the conjecture a stern-faced Anderson said: "no" before offering a blunt "yes" to whether it was the first he'd heard of it.

"It's nothing I can control, it's speculation, it's for you (media) to do," he said.

"I'm sure there are some people in this (media) room that know more than me about that, so be it."

Was he frustrated by such rumours?

"I want to do the job, I enjoy doing the job and I'm good enough to do the job," he said.

"I'm contracted to do the job but I report to a CEO and a board.

"They're the people who will make the decisions, not me."

Parramatta chief executive Paul Osborne is believed to have met with Kearney, the New Zealand coach and Craig Bellamy's assistant at Melbourne, last week.

Anderson meanwhile was also evasive about whether jaded halfback Daniel Mortimer, rested from this clash with Kris Keating stepping into the role, would be recalled for their next match with the Wests Tigers at home.

Mortimer was given the night off with Anderson concerned he was running on empty.

"Maybe, we'll see Tuesday" he said.

Keating was impressive, displaying explosive speed to slice between Corey Norman and Israel Folau before setting up a try for centre Joel Reddy early in the second half.

Pushed further, Anderson continued to keep his cards close to his chest.

"I'll make that up on Tuesday... yeah it's a headache," he said.

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