Manly ended months of uncertainty by announcing a new finally revealed Hasler had signed a two-year extension through to the end of 2023. However, reports quickly emerged that the the final year of the contract if Hasler fails to push the Sea Eagles into the finals in 2021 or 2022. Reports last week claimed Hasler can even extend to 2024 if the Sea Eagles become contenders. The clause-loaded contract comes after Manly was belted in their against the Roosters and was beaten in a Brookvale Oval quagmire by the Rabbitohs in Round 2.Des Hasler last week — but the new deal has only plunged the club more profound into the mud. Mystery surrounded the veteran Sea Eagles mentor’s contract for months before it was
The complexity of the deal — and the Sea Eagles’ ability to effectively terminate Hasler’s contract at any time without suffering a massive payout — has left the contract described as “the biggest disaster I’ve ever seen” by Fox League NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent. Kent told Triple M rugby league the in the contract was “naive” and “dumb” from the club’s perspective. “It’s the biggest disaster , that contract.,” he said.
“You don’t put performance clauses in saying the club can sack him. In the old days, clubs would, well, he’s got 12 weeks, or the board would say he’s got six weeks. What ends up happening, and I say this respectfully about Des, but if you’ve got performance clauses that you have to reach, you’ve got to be coaching towards them. You’re not coaching towards long-term success.
“You take shortcuts for the short term. It’s a dumb, dumb move. You either back the coach or toward him. You don’t go halfway.” Kent said the deal appeared to be the result of club owner Scott Penn interfering in theand chief executive Stephenresult from findings to me smell of naivety,” said. “They’re wet behind the ears decisions. TThe decisions you make look good on paper, but when you boil them down, they don’t make sense.”
KentHasler more tempted to cut corners with things like the return of star fullback Tom Trbojevic from injury. Hasler, meanwhile, was optimistic about the club’s coming through the ranks. Hasler said he was pleased to have reached the new deal. “I am happy to have the opportunity to continue working with this high caliber of players we have now and those who will emerge soon through our Pathways Program,’’ Hasler said. “I am confident of delivering further success to the Manly Club. There is a great future ahead for the Sea Eagles.”
He then took charge of the Canterbury Bulldogs for six, where the coach took legal action to get a $1 million payout. Manly finished 13th on the NRL ladder , winning only seven games in the 20-round season. The club has struggled without superstar fullback Trbojevic, without whom it boasts a pitiful 29 percent under Hasler’s guidance. The Sea Eagles will next face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brookvale Oval on Saturday afternoon.