Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stand by for Manly to Release Hasler from Contract

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stand by for Manly to Release Hasler from Contract

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SURELY the Manly coaching situation for 2012 is untenable. With tension riding so high, Des Hasler could not possibly continue in the role next year.

Manly fans must feel gutted. Their premiership celebrations started amid rumours Hasler might be going to the Bulldogs and just a week later not only was that news confirmed, but young Will Hopoate announced he was leaving too.

Despite what players are saying publicly, Sea Eagles fans can prepare for a mass exodus if the rumoured C[pounds sterling]get-outC[yen] clauses in the contracts of some players do exist. Hasler has undoubtedly been the man holding the Sea Eagles together in the face of a fractious relationship between players and club management.

While on that subject, it is beyond my comprehension how a club can consent to a player signing a contract with a clause that enables him to exit if the coach leaves.

It is a severe case of the tail wagging the dog.

In recent years the coaching merry-go-round in rugby league has degenerated in to a laughing stock. A coach announcing mid-season that he is leaving is tough enough to handle, but this Hasler/Manly/Bulldogs state of affairs is chaotic in the extreme.

Both the Sea Eagles and the Bulldogs will be virtually in a holding pattern during 2012, waiting for the charade to finish. Hasler may say his heart is at Brookvale, but human nature decrees he will be distracted.

And just imagine the angst at Belmore if Jim Dymock happens to win the premiership in his C[pounds sterling]gapC[yen] year as NRL coach. Do the Dogs honestly think he will stay on as Hasler's assistant?

My prediction is that this farce will not go ahead. Manly will release Hasler from his contract, Geoff Toovey will take the reins at Brookvale in 2012, Hasler will move to the Bulldogs and Dymock will become his assistant Co on, no doubt, the salary he has already been promised as head coach.

And although that scenario might appear convoluted, it would not be as mystifying as the consequence of the coaching arrangements announced last week. …

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