Demetriou's job in jeopardy as Rabbitohs 'scars' revealed

Demetriou’s job in jeopardy as Rabbitohs ‘scars’ revealed

Jason Demetriou is facing an uncertain future at South Sydney, with a three-game deadline on his head coaching job rumoured after a heavy loss to the Roosters.

After the side bombed out of the finals picture in horrific fashion in 2023, the Rabbitohs have started this season in similar fashion, suffering three-straight defeats.

According to senior reporter Andrew Webster on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show, club officials could cut ties with Demetriou after round six if the side fails to improve.

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The rumour mill has now entered overdrive regarding a potential return for Wayne Bennett, who is off-contract at the end of this year with the Dolphins, while club icon Sam Burgess could also be back in the mix after early success at Warrington.

Demetriou took over from Bennett at the end of 2021 and while the initial signs were strong, has failed to deliver despite South Sydney’s talented roster.

NRL legend Billy Slater believes the coach needs to put the past behind him, while also urging Demetriou to recall Lachlan Ilias for a must-win clash with Canterbury.

“The scars still must be there from last year, because you don’t say this is the most pressure you’ve been under in your career after three losses,” he said on Nine.

“It was a heavy loss on Friday night, but the scars must still be there. 

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“I think the halfback [Ilias] comes back in, he’s their long-term future. They should build him and help him get into some form.

“But they have got to change attitudes and actions on the field more than changing the name on the team list.”

The 42-point drubbing at the hands of their arch-rivals on Friday night was one of the Bunnies’ worst performance in recent memory, with a number of players criticised for their lack of effort post-game by both Slater and Andrew Johns.

Demetriou will be in the hot-seat prior to the Good Friday fixture against the Bulldogs, but the pressure will also be on Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker to perform.

“They are just all over the place,” Brad Fittler said.

“The moment any pressure comes into the game, they don’t stand up to it.

“I know the coach said he’s under pressure, but they will be under pressure this week playing Canterbury … they did really well on the weekend.”

After their match-up against the Dogs, the winless Rabbitohs will then square off against the Warriors, Sharks, Storm and Panthers in a brutal month-long stretch.

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