Laurie Daley has confirmed he has held preliminary discussions with Manly about taking on a supervising position which will allow him to oversee junior pathways and connections within the community at the embattled club.
In recent months, the Sea Eagles have been rocked by controversy with the Pride jersey saga splitting the playing group, while the future of coach Des Hasler has been in the headlines with rumours of his imminent departure refusing to die down.
“I had a phone call with Tony Mestrov from Manly,” Daley revealed on Sky Sports Radio‘s Big Sports Breakfast.
“There is no formal offer in place. It was just a discussion around Manly and whether I would be interested in a role to do with their pathways.
“It was a bit of everything- leadership, culture, your pathways and connection to the team and community.
“I gave an indication I’d be interested to pursue it further.”
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Hasler is under pressure to keep his job and is currently embroiled in a power struggle with senior management at the Sea Eagles.
The notoriously hands-on coach wants to maintain his grasp over key areas of the club as he sees fit, which has reportedly caused an issue with owner Scott Penn.
Former Brisbane and South Sydney coach Anthony Siebold has been named as a potential candidate to take over on the Northern beaches, with his arrival either as an assistant or as the head coach right from the offing gathering traction.
Siebold previously spent time with Manly as an assistant to Trent Barrett during his ill-fated spell in charge.
“The discussions I had were that this is a position they’ll go with…regardless of who the coach is,” Daley said.
The former New South Wales mentor hasn’t held a senior position inside a club since he finished up with his State of Origin duties five years ago.
He was adamant the role would not be a coaching one, with his expertise instead sought out to develop and improve systems within the Sea Eagles’ framework away from the starting side.
“There is no coaching element,” Daley insisted.
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The Canberra legend cited how his lack of connection to the club was viewed as a positive by senior management.
Figures within the club believing that a fresh set of eyes could identify where they are coming up short and what they need to alter to get back on track.
“I’m not inside Manly, I don’t know their DNA,” Daley said.
“It’s all about having an outsider have a look at their list, their pathways and a bit about their leadership and culture.”