Des Hasler’s coaching career at Manly is tied to a set of conditions implemented by the club’s powerbrokers, with the situation reaching boiling point.
If Hasler wants to stay in his role as head coach at Brookvale, he will give up his power on retention and recruitment of players, accept Anthony Seibold as his assistant and successor, while dropping any hopes of a contract extension if he is to save his job for the last year of his deal in 2023.
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An outcome over the ugly spat is expected next week, with the relationship between club and coach increasingly becoming untenable. More than likely Hasler has coached his last game for the Sea Eagles, a club he’s won premierships for as a player and coach.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Hasler, who has been lobbying for an extension, faces next to no chance of securing his future at the club beyond next season. Hasler would have triggered an automatic extension if the Sea Eagles finished sixth but the Manly legend cited the fallout from the rainbow jersey saga as being the chief reason why the team missed the finals and is considering legal action.
The club has already spoken in length with Hasler about a succession plan, with both parties butting heads on that issue as well.
Hasler is keen on anointing Josh Hannay as the best candidate to replace him. But the club wants Anthony Seibold and isn’t take a backward step.
The club wants to cut Hasler’s input on retention and recruitment, in a bid to claw back further control from the coach. It’s highly likely that Hasler won’t accept the terms, considering his hands-on approach in the football department.
The most likely outcome is the parties will part ways via settlement.
It’s understood Hasler’s deal is worth in excess of $850,000 – and the club will need to source more money to sign Seibold. So if Hasler leaves, they’ll have to pay for both men’s salaries to get their way.
Seibold previously worked at Manly as an assistant to Trent Barrett and is currently working under England coach Eddie Jones ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Hasler made 290 appearances and won two premierships for Manly during his playing career and then coached a combined 303 games during two stints which yielded two premierships in 2008 and 2011.
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