Manly’s ‘signed, sealed’ coaching call

MANLY have returned to the past in a bid to move forward with two-time premiership coach Des Hasler to take over the reigns of the club.

First reported by The Daily Telegraph, Hasler has agreed to a three-year deal that will see him remain with the Sea Eagles through the 2021 season.

Only last week reports of Hasler’s return were made with his manager, George Mimis, in deep negotiations for his return.

Hasler reportedly had issues with the owners of the Sea Eagles, the Penn family, but these have also been worked out according to reports.

The Sea Eagles coaching job has been in the headlines after Trent Barrett fell out with the club over infrastructure and support issues and gave 12-months notice in July.

Hasler led Manly to their last two NRL premierships in 2011 and 2008.

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The long process of finding a Barrett replacement has seen plenty of names thrown up as possibilities, but the return of a favourite son was the ideal move.

Channel 7 had also reported that Daly Cherry-Evans would seek a release from the club if Neil Henry was appointed coach after he appeared on the shortlist alongside John Cartwright, Jason Taylor and Hasler.

But when news began to filter that the position was going to Hasler, Cherry-Evans praised the coach and welcomed his return.

“Tim Sheens gave me an Aussie jersey, Mal Meninga a Queensland (jersey) and Des Hasler at club,” Cherry-Evans said. “So those three coaches are people that I’ll never forget.

“If I was to link up with my first-ever first-grade coach, I’d be all for it.”

It’s often said that Manly needs a coach ingrained in the Manly culture to thrive and Cherry-Evans described Hasler as one of the architects of the Manly siege mentality.

“Everyone hates Manly so our backs are against the wall and we love playing that style of footy and living with that mentality,” Cherry-Evans said.

“Obviously Des was a big part of that. If he gets the opportunity to come back, I’m sure he’ll pick up where he left off.”

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