Manly give Toovey the flick as coach from next year

Geoff Toovey

One of the biggest talking points in recent weeks as been what is going to happen with the Manly Sea Eagles and their head coach, Geoff Toovey.

We now have an answer, with the club confirming that via mutual consent, Geoff Toovey will remain as head coach for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Additionally, the club intend to honour Toovey’s contract for 2016 – even if it is not as head coach – and keep him on board in some capacity.

The new coach from 2016 will be former NRL player, Trent Barrett, who has signed a three-year deal with the club.

The club were quick to thank Toovey for his services and commitment to the club over the years.

“Geoff has been an influential figure within the Sea Eagles organisation for almost three decades. His contribution on and off the field is unprecedented, and he will always be one of the club’s favourite sons,” CEO Joe Kelly said.

“Geoff and the club remain firmly committed to finishing this season off on the highest possible note.”

Such sentiments were also echoed by Chairman Scott Penn, who praised Toovey for his valuable contributions to Manly as a player and a coach.

“Geoff has been an integral part of the club since first playing in our junior ranks over 30 years ago,’’ Penn said.

“Geoff is a club legend having played 286 first grade games for the Sea Eagles including three Grand Finals from 1995-97, captaining the team to the 1996 Premiership and numerous representative appearances.

“We’ve all had the pleasure of watching his career evolve from being one of the toughest competitors on the field to coaching our first grade team in recent years.

“Geoff is a Life Member of the Sea Eagles and his lifelong commitment to the club is without question.

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