The Manly Sea Eagles have slammed the Bulldogs’ attempt to poach coach Des Hasler with a $2.4 million three-year offer, labelling the family club “hypocrites” who should focus on developing their own talent.
The Bulldogs made a secret approach to Hasler six weeks ago but were told the Sea Eagles coach had activated an option to remain at Manly for next season.
Not content, Canterbury board members hatched a plan to throw $800,000-a-season at the 2008 premiership-winning coach. A furious Manly Leagues club chairman Bob Reilly has moved to ensure Hasler becomes the first 10-year coach on the northern peninsula.
Reilly emailed 22,000 members of the Sea Eagles leagues and football clubs yesterday re-affirming Manly’s intention to secure Hasler beyond 2012.
Since sacking Kevin Moore in July, the Bulldogs have repeatedly drawn up hit-lists of high-profile coaches, including Hasler and Melbourne Storm’s Craig Bellamy.
Officially, there have been no talks with NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart, but only a fortnight ago the club discussed appointing Stuart as a coaching director and making caretaker Jim Dymock head coach.
Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg confirmed this option but said it was not “our preferred choice”.
The latest move, as of last week, was to try to entice Hasler to Belmore.
The Sea Eagles have been in negotiations since June to extend Hasler’s deal until the end of 2014 and even have a sub-committee set up to try to ensure he remains at the club.
But negotiations hit a stalemate two weeks ago when media manager Peter Peters was abruptly sacked – leading to a split between Hasler and the club’s chief operating officer David Perry.
Since then, the pair have become sworn enemies.
The Bulldogs have seized on Hasler’s discontent, contacting the coach again through a third party.