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Kearney safe at Eels: Bentley
Steve Jancetic
22:06 AEST Mon Jun 4 2012

Parramatta chief executive Bob Bentley labelled his side's win over Cronulla a turning point in the NRL club's disappointing season as he dismissed reports coach Stephen Kearney's head was on the chopping block.

Weekend reports suggested the Eels board had given Kearney two weeks to revive the side's dismal campaign, Monday night 29-20 come from behind win no doubt easing some of the pressure.

Bentley said no deadline had been given for the coach to turn things around.

"No, definitely not," Bentley said.

"That story was unfounded, there was no official comment made to that effect by the club.

"I think it's just a rumour.

"The board supports Steve, we're all behind him, the players are behind him.

"Hopefully tonight is the start of a big turnaround for the club."

Bentley said he met with Kearney on Sunday to re-assure him his position was safe, the embattled coach adamant he had no let conjecture over his future affect his preparation for the game.

"I don't buy into speculation," Kearney said.

"That's not where my focus has ever been.

"We haven't been travelling well so that causes concern amongst the pigeons."


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