Des Hasler WILL coach Manly next year because he ‘keeps the support of the players’…
Des Hasler will be in charge of Manly next season but his longer term future remains shrouded in uncertainty with the club in turmoil.
The 61-year-old’s future was called into question last week amid reports that club chairman Scott Penn and newly appointed chief executive Tony Mestrov wanted to steer the Sea Eagles in a different direction after a troubled campaign.
A clause in Hasler’s contract would have resulted in an automatic 12-month extension until the end of the 2024 season if Manly had finished in the top six this year.
Des Hasler will reportedly coach Manly next season, but his 2024 future is unclear
The goal was missed by some distance as the Sea Eagles endured the worst finish in their history, losing their last seven games to finish 11th.
Along with his agent, George Mimis, Hasler met with Mestrov and Penn on Thursday to discuss his future.
Key to their decision was the realization that Hasler retains the support of his squad, an important feather in his cap at the end of a season that has repeatedly threatened to tear up the Sea Eagles locker room.
The Sea Eagles season has been completely off the rails after the Pride jersey fiasco six weeks ago
Hasler at the time defended the players’ freedom of choice, but praised the club’s decision
Both reports noted that players spoke enthusiastically about their coach in a season-end survey they completed earlier this week.
Significantly, however, Hasler’s future remains in the air after next season.
Manly was quick to deny the suggestion that the club had guaranteed Hasler he would remain in charge in 2024.
“There is no confirmation of an extension or removal of clauses in 2024,” Mestrov told the Herald.
Daly Cherry-Evans also retains the support of his teammates, according to reports
“We were there to discuss the structures and processes for 2023 and the improvement of the team.”
The end-of-season inquiry also appeared to bolster Daly Cherry-Evans’ position at the club, after the captain’s position came under scrutiny last week.
NewsCorp reported last week that relations between the Queenslander and star duo Jake and Tom Trbojevic had deteriorated significantly.
On Sundays the Daily Telegram claimed that Manly’s captain did not have the full support of the squad and that some Sea Eagles players ‘could barely even talk to him’.
NewsCorp reported last week that the Sea Eagles captain could barely talk to some of his teammates, including Jake Trbojevic
Manly’s season spiraled out of control in Round 20, when seven players boycotted the match against the Sydney Roosters in response to the club’s unveiling of a Pride shirt to celebrate the diversity of rugby league.
The Sea Eagles lost to the Roosters and failed to win any of their remaining five games, conceding at least 40 points in three cases.
Hasler put on a brave face in the aftermath, praising the club’s intent while defending the seven players’ decision.
However, growing reports of discontent within the camp have been an ever-present headache for the Sea Eagles coach ever since.