It has been a tumultuous offseason for the Manly Sea Eagles with stories and rumours abound regarding the future of Des Hasler.
In a statement tonight, the Sea Eagles have confirmed that Hasler will not be head coach in 2023, with reports suggesting that the decision has left numerous players disgruntled.
In a decision that most fans can only describe as confusing and baffling, Manly Chairman Scott Penn said that the decision was not an easy one and he wished Hasler all the best in the future.
“After careful consideration, the board of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles has today unanimously decided that, in the best interests of the Club, Des Hasler will not be Head Coach of the Club for NRL season 2023,” Penn said.
“The board and the Club would like to acknowledge Des and his long history with the Club as a player and as a coach, enjoying two premierships with the Club as a player and taking the Club to two more premierships as a coach.”
Although the Sea Eagles have confirmed he will not coach, the two parties are still coming to terms on the settlement, one that Penn hopes can be amicable.
“The Club is in discussions with Des and his management to try to reach an amicable resolution which is acceptable to the parties,” Penn continued.
Manly CEO Tony Mestrov says the entire club is on board – despite reports to the contrary – and says the right coach will be appointed in good time.
“The board and management are fully aligned with the future direction of the Club and we look forward to positive news in the near future,” Mestrov said.
“I believe the Sea Eagles have a strong playing group and a list with depth and talent that can be forged into a successful team to challenge for premiership success.”