Factions on Manly board leaving players with a club that's crumbling around them, Laurie Daley says
By Sam Bruce FOX SPORTS November 09, 2011 12:45PM
Major players ... Foran (L) and Hasler are at the centre of Manly's troubles. Source: News Limited
Des Hasler's untenable reign as coach is dividing the Manly board and leaving the players with a club "crumbling around them", Fox Sports commentator Laurie Daley says.
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The Sea Eagles board are set to meet on Wednesday night where Hasler's future as coach will reportedly be discussed.
Hasler has already signed with Canterbury-Bankstown for 2013 and while the players are keen to have him at the helm next season, there appears to be a growing push from the board to remove him to restore lost stability at Brookvale Oval.
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The regrettable situation at Manly, who were crowned NRL premiers just months ago, has festered since Hasler announced his future barely days after the grand final, plunging them into a period of awkward uncertainty and in-fighting.
"The players know Des is going but they want to have one last year under him," Daley told foxsports.com.au.
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"If they make that tough decision (to sack Hasler) the players will be upset and there could be more bloodshed in terms of friction between the board, the outgoing coach and the players."
"They've lost a lot of staff members and the players probably feel as though the club is crumbling around them."
The factional problems at Manly revolve around the ownership of the club, while Sea Eagles legend Peter Peters is set to run for a spot on the board only months after he was dumped as the team’s media manager.
And, as if things weren't already uncomfortable enough, recruitment manager Noel Cleal and assistant coach Kelly Egan will also join Hasler at the Bulldogs in 2013.
And Daley believes that while there’s such unrest, the Sea Eagles will be a rabble at a time when they should be planning a premiership defence.
"While ever they’ve got that structure in terms of ownership they're always going to have problems," he said.
"There are factions on that board and it’s causing disruptions in the organisation.
"While ever you're a fractured group you’re not going to be pulling in the same direction and you're not going to get the results your after."
While the decisions of Hasler's assistants stung, it’s the speculation surrounding the future of boom youngster Kieran Foran that’s of biggest concern to the Sea Eagles.
Hasler enjoys a strong relationship with Foran and the Kiwi five-eighth could well follow him to the Bulldogs in 2013 thanks to a get-out clause in his contract.
While admitting the loss of Foran would be huge, Daley wasn’t prepared to say the Sea Eagles would become one of NRL’s also-rans.
"Obviously they were talking about building a future around Kieran Foran and (Daly) Cherry-Evans, and players like Foran don’t come along that often.
"But that’s Manly decision because they put that in his contract, I don't know who did the deal on behalf of Manly but they’ve got to live with those consequences now.
"Obviously with that contract and Des is now moving on, they've got to live with it. It may set them back, it may not."
just saw this on fox sports news on tv. Apparently the board is meeting right now to discuss Des' future. Interesting to read Foran might head to the 'Dogs.