A report from News Corp said Barrett’s manager Wayne Beavis was instructed to send a legal letter to Gorman speaking of his concern about Manly’s level of resources.
Rumours have begun to circulate that Barrett would be interested in returning to Penrith as the head coach, having served as an assistant to Anthony Griffin at the Panthers, although that was denied by GM Phil Gould.
Gorman declined to confirm if Barrett would coach the Sea Eagles next season. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Gorman said “We’re not going to speculate either way. We’re not going to give this energy to continue in the public forum.”
“If we’ve ever got an announcement to make about an individual to do with our club, we’ll make it at an appropriate time in conjunction with that individual … no matter whether it’s me, Trent, the chairman [Scott Penn], whoever it is.”
Barrett’s Manly side sit 12th on the NRL ladder, just two points off the bottom-placed Cowboys with three games to go in the season.