SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Sea Eagles assistant John Cartwright watches on during the warm-up before the round 23 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans at Lottoland on August 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sea Eagles assistant coach John Cartwright is keen to take over the top job from current mentor Trent Barrett and has the support of the playing group, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald.

“When he (Cartwright) talks, we listen,” one senior player told The Sydney Morning Herald.

It is believed that Cartwright and Barrett have reportedly been transparent with each other, while the former has not yet spoken to the Sea Eagles about succeeding his close friend.

Cartwright was previously the head coach of the Gold Coast Titans for eight seasons and reportedly still has ambitions to be a senior coach.

Other names linked to Manly’s top job include former Titans mentor Neil Henry and Super League coaches  Michael Maguire and Tim Sheens.

But Cartwright has the advantage of understanding the club’s culture and having the backing of the players, including senior trio Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom and Jake Trbojevic.

Manly owner Scott Penn has indicated he would like to make a decision on the new coach within three weeks.

The Sea Eagles will look to avoid the wooden spoon for the first time in their 71-year history with upcoming clashes against the Wests Tigers and Broncos to see out Barrett’s coaching reign.


  1. This is a message sent loud and clear, ” the sea eagles will no longer settle for anything less than slightly below mediocre.”

  2. If only I had won powerball last week, I would if bought manly off the lunatic owners we have now, got Toovey back in, with des head of football department. Chad Randall, beaver and mark carroll as assistants and away we would be.
    Now we stuck with Cartwright and the Penns still…

    • For a club that loves its own old boys . Manly & its supporters sure love Penrith. Carrol ( Penrith junior ), Hasler ( Penrith junior ). Now they may have Cartwright as coach ( Penrith junior & career player ).

  3. 😆😆😆
    How sweet is this !!
    The best thing this year has been the exposing of certain manly fans with their “foot in mouth” disease on this site.
    Denying any problems, trying to shout down and brigade anyone with a differing opinion and back stabbing their own when things get tough. Trash talking other clubs and players and insulting fans while their own club gets caught cheating for the last 5 years and then burns from the inside out.
    Karma at its best for a lot of people.
    (James Roberts included)

  4. I can’t believe they will look at Cartwright – or Henry for that matter. Both struggled at the Titans, especially with big personalities (Hayne – DCE similar). I’m not a Manly supporter, but bring back Tooves – put some passion back into the club. Barrett and Cartwright should go back to Penrith.

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