The Parramatta Eels have again gotten revenge of sorts against the Manly counterparts, with assistant coach Matthew Parish making the decision to head west to Parramatta, to take up a coaching role under Eels new coach, Ricky Stuart.
Usually, it has been the other way around in recent times, with Manly taking Eels talent and playing them in their side – but with the signing of Joey and Darcy Lussick, Blake and Daniel Harrison, Jamil and William Hopoate, and now assistant Matt Parish, the Eels are slowly getting some payback.
For Parish, whilst the decision to leave Manly was not an easy one, given what Toovey achieved as coach this year – it is a new opportunity for him.
“It was a very tough decision, because I really admire Tooves and the staff and the players,” Parish said.
“I can tell you I had many sleepless nights about it.
“Manly have been really good to me and I appreciate everything they have done.”
Parish was pleased to have had the chance to work under Toovey, and he believes the club is in good hands under the Manly legend.
“He is terrific to work with,” Parish said.
“All the staff there are really good and I had a great time there.
“I think it is going to be a bit tougher than what it’s been,” he said.
“But while ever you have the players of the calibre of the Stewart’s, the Watmough’s and the Matai’s, you are going to be a force,” he said.