Des Hasler returns as coach of Manly Sea Eagles
The Manly Sea Eagles have announced Des Hasler will return to the club as head coach for the next three seasons.
Hasler – a name synonymous in Manly folklore – coached the club to two premierships since first taking over in 2004.
However, a dust up at the end of the 2011 NRL season with club owner Scott Penn saw Hasler exit Brooky and switch clubs to coach the Bulldogs.
Despite the well-publicised feud between Hasler and Penn, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie said the pair have put aside their differences.
“When he left it was pretty ugly at the time,” Ritchie said.
“They’ve reached out to one another, they’ve settled their differences and as much as you can be hurt about what happened at the time, even angry in terms of what the supporters were feeling at the time, time’s moved on.
“This happened at the end of 2011.
“I think there’s no doubt in the world, Manly’s a club that needs Des Hasler.
“And I think Des Hasler – given he hasn’t had a job in 18 months – needs Manly just as much.”
However, Ritchie said the situation at Manly with Trent Barrett must be solved sooner rather than later.
It came out in the latter part of this season, Barrett had a disagreement with Penn and was unhappy at the lack of support he received as coach.
“It wouldn’t work to have two head coaches turn up to training,” Ritchie said.
“It’s a very difficult situation because Manly have said they don’t want to pay out Trent Barrett.
“They’ve said ‘why should we pay you out? you’ve quit, we didn’t sack you, you’ve walked away’.
“It comes down to who and why the clause was inserted into Barrett’s contract saying that if you leave, you’ve got 12 months.
“Basically he’s there until July and Barrett’s contract says he will be head coach, so they can’t just push him down to a lower grade club.
“And Des Hasler – his contract says head coach – it’s very bizarre and an unworkable situation that’s got be sorted out quickly because the players come back to training on November 5.”
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