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Former Manly owner says Toovey should still be at the club

Former Manly Sea Eagles owner Max Delmege has endorsed Geoff Toovey as the perfect person to take charge of the under-siege club.

Toovey first coached the Sea Eagles between 2012-15 before taking a job overseas but Delmege says he’d happily welcome the 49-year-old back into the top job.

The speculation comes as reports circle that current coach Trent Barrett will look to exit the club at the end of the 2018 season.

“(Toovey) was a good choice when we originally appointed him,” he said on Afternoons.

“In his first year as an NRL coach, he was one game away from getting into a Grand Final and in 2013, he guided Manly into a Grand Final.

“In my opinion, Toovey should still be there. He’s got all the ingredients – he worked under Des Hasler and learnt a lot under him.

“The club has been full of revolving doors with coaches and CEOs coming and going. They’ve lost their way.”

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