SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett speaks to the media in a post match press conference during 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)

Manly aren’t prepared to pay out Trent Barrett and the coach isn’t prepared to walk away from his current contract, although that won’t stop the Sea Eagles from hiring Barrett’s successor.

Barrett handed in his 12-month notice last July but neither party is budging, with Manly set to hire their next coach to join the club alongside Barrett.

Former coach Des Hasler is expected to be named as Barrett’s replacement, although he won’t replace him straight away, as Barrett is set to still be at the club in a yet-to-be-determined role, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Sea Eagles will keep Barrett on their books until July, unless he asks for a release from his contract.

If Hasler joins the Sea Eagles, it could be the first move in a series of off-season coaching changes, headlined by Ivan Cleary’s potential move to coach son Nathan in Penrith.

Wayne Bennett, Michael Maguire and Anthony Seibold could all be moving clubs, with Maguire one of the favourites for either the Tigers or Broncos job if they open up.


  1. Make the Quiter carry the water for the boyzzz.. and twice a week clean out the demountables kfn zoolander

    • Two coaches might double your chances of actually winning a game. Although it hasn’t been attempted since Wayne Bennett first started coaching at the Raiders with Don Furner assuming the mantle of “coach in name only”.

      Or you could have Baz run the water out as you suggest and Manly could have the dubious honour of having “the most expensive water boy” in the games long history. I dare say it will be a record that will NEVER be broken. πŸ˜‰

    • Like 14 spoons and no trophy in 32 years? πŸ˜‰

      You are right though Kev, this is finally your chance the have the last laugh.

      • Your not telling me something I haven’t heard a thousand times before Reg.
        It’s just nice to see this crap happening to another team for a change.
        It’s just that bit more special that it is Manly.
        Their fans deserve it after the crap they put on everyone else.

        • I understand Kev. I’ve been around ZT longer than most here suspect and I read the forum long before I started posting. I know exactly what you mean and I remember the days when a crazed flock of seagulls used to terrorise the site and attack everone in packs as if they were a stray chip.

          The profile names have changed although I suspect a few of the “old guard” are still here with a digital facelift. Their style hasn’t changed though so I have my own list of “usual subjects”.

          It’s good to see you and screaming have found some common ground through banter lately. Uncurbed tribalusm burns itself out and just like life you need a sense of humour to survive.

          Every team, every dynasty, has it’s day and eventually all supporter groups have their day in the sun and have to face their day in the shadow of where they once were.

          Enjoy your chance to get some laughs back but remember it is a merry-go-round and what goes around comes around.

          For the record I’ve never been against you mate and I remember when you used to have a sense of humour. It’s good to see that you found it again. πŸ‘πŸ»

        • Ah “groupie” it’s you. Wow, you got up early looking for some more attention from Reg. THAT’s dedication. I can easily imagine that you’ve been sitting there refreshing your screen for 3 hours looking for a reply.

          I have to ask though “groupie”, are you missing a father figure in your life? Is that why you are so desperate for my attention and approval? Because I don’t do hugs!

        • Sorry, I didn’t realise emoticons confuse you. They are tears of laughter little “groupie”. I find your obsessive need for attention and my approval highly amusing. Speaking of obsession, this isn’t a Glenn Close “Fatal Attraction” kind of thing is it? You aren’t going to turn up at my house and freak out my family and then next thing I know one of my bunny rabbits is cooking in a pot on the stove? I’m hoping there are limits to your sociopathic behaviour.

          It’s really funny “groupie” that you give yourself away by projecting your own behaviours and inadequacies onto others. You call people “lonely and sad” and pronounce they will “die alone” and yet you exhibit the behaviours that are symptomatic this condition.

          It’s one thing that you see me as a father figure missing in your life but please don’t start calling me “Daddy” and like I said, I don’t do hugs.

        • “like a little 8itch every time.”

          If that is symptomatic of the language you use to address women that you feel so comfortable extending this to addressing men, then I pity all women you are in contact with. If you can’t come up with anything better than that I will just cut and paste past responses from this point as you are a waste of my time and creativity “groupie”. So if you aren’t going to work any harder and you choose to hide behind a vacuous one-liner then…

          Reg Reagan October 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm
          …you haven’t got the balls to post anything beyond a shallow juvenile response because you know I can tear you to pieces. So you just float on the surface like sh!t in a swimming pool. There, I think I just summed you up in that last sentence.

        • I don’t argue with 14 year old girls, you have written me atleast 2000 words in last 2 days. You need help, you lonely excuse for a human.

        • you spent your whole Sunday refreshing to see if I replied hahaha people have had restraining orders for less.

        • Oh no, I forgot about you… AGAIN! Sorry “groupie” have you been waiting long for a reply?

          They say that; “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and “to imitate someone is to pay the person a genuine compliment – often an unintended compliment.”

          Reg Reagan October 21, 2018 at 9:10 am
          I can easily imagine that you’ve been sitting there refreshing your screen for 3 hours looking for a reply.

          Redv90 October 22, 2018 at 6:07 am
          you spent your whole Sunday refreshing to see if I replied


          Reg Reagan October 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm
          Speaking of obsession, this isn’t a Glenn Close β€œFatal Attraction” kind of thing is it? You aren’t going to turn up at my house and freak out my family and then next thing I know one of my bunny rabbits is cooking in a pot on the stove?

          Redv90 October 22, 2018 at 6:07 am
          people have had restraining orders for less.

          Thanks for the compliment “groupie.

          Redv90 October 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm
          I don’t argue with 14 year old girls

          No, you just argue like one… “I know you are but what am I” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

          You ARE tenacious gumby, aren’t you? Man, you are like some mutated post-apocalyptic c0ckroach, a super roach! I keep stepping on you but you just won’t die.

        • That’s no language for a 14 year old school girl to be using. Back to school you muppet. I can’t be expected to continue schooling you at my own expense you trainee for a centrelink queue. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  2. Who cares really, Barrett will obviously have no say or impact on coaching, except the fact it’s more distractions. Hopefully whatever job he does there is well away from the players so they can all move on

  3. I’ve tried hard not to comment on this situation because I don’t know exactly what is going on at Manly, but what are they trying to prove?. Are they trying to stop Baz getting another job before the season starts as a punishment, or just trying to show everyone who is boss?

    Either way it doesn’t show Manly in a good light.

    • I dont think its about showing who is Boss. The fact is that Barrett resigned, he was not forced out or made redundant so why would the club need to pay him out?

      Barrett has made some errors here in timing and judgement. His manager should have guided him better in this situation. If you resign, you are choosing to walk away. Manly are happy to pay him but then he has to keep working – i dont think there are many businesses that pay people to NOT work. If you know better, please share your thoughts but its pretty simple: you work, you get paid.

  4. Hey chalky, what I can’t work out is that Trent gives his notice to finish up July 2019 yet he and his manager are pushing for a payout….. Am I missing something here?? Why does Trent and his manager believe their entitled to a payout. You want to leave early Trent then you go without a payout. Wouldn’t happen in my job!!

    • +1. He gave his notice, bagged out his club and now is bewildered why manly won’t give a bag of money and p!ss him off.
      He’ll get his entitled money but he still has to work for his employer for the term of his contract.

      • Barrett won’t be there next year. He will have to walk the plank without the bag of money he was hoping for. How degrading to hang around a club where everyone hates you. Just move on Trenty boy back to sanitmerge where you belong

    • redv13, it seems like a standoff that nobody can win. Wouldn’t happen in my job either but I don’t have to give 12 months notice.

    • @redv13

      It’s called passive extortion and in this case it has backfired.

      It really isn’t helping Manly’s cause though to dig their heels in over this. It only damages their brand and their short-term chances to re-build in the wake of the Barrett disaster.

      Best for all involved if they cut all ties ASAP.

  5. Once again DCE was the worst on field for Australia.
    If he is back for Australia in their next game it Confirms that Meninga is giving jobs to the boys.
    His kicking was woeful as was his defence. Tonga’s first try was because of him.
    Thankfully we had Keary out there to control the team.
    DCE is a complete joke and is not even good enough to play for Parra and that is saying something.

      • Not picking sides but for the sake of recognising quality banter, Kev even you would have to give screaming’s “two old muppets in the balcony” jibe a thumbs up, surely? πŸ˜‰


        • Hang about, how did I get roped into this 1?
          Thank you SquawkingDodo for your kind words, “Almighty is not the other muppet”.
          Reg, could be that I’m getting my very own “groupie”?
          Could it be that SquawkingDodo was missing my posts, and he was calling for me?

        • That’s a “mighty” fine interpretation of the facts there mate. screamingeagle (btw is that your Indian name?) you had me going for a while there. I was taking you literally until the irony finally slapped me in the face. As for putting words in your mouth, to quote Danny Butterman (Hot Fuzz) “Hey, that weren’t me”. You must have swallowed a dictionary. πŸ˜‰

          I was going to give your comment a “thumbs up” but I see you already beat me to it. Good times. Good times. Just like the good old days when banter made the site go round. πŸ‘

    • WAKE UP KEVIE BOY. what game were you watching? Ping pong? The Aussies won and the Manly connection DCE AND TURBO deserve credit for that win. 3 tries between them. That was the winning margin you clown

      • From what i seen turbo scored 2 set up by dce and dce himself scored 1.

        Dce let in 1 try and so did keary.

        LOL@Bev and his international (lebanon LOL) halfback

      • In fairness that journo didn’t watch the game either, unless he was watching it through a maroon and white tinted monocle.
        Perhaps a congratulations are in order, in that it would appear young “Holmsey” got himself a paid gig writing for Fox Sports, which would explain why he doesn’t post here anymore.

        • Haha… I do miss holmesy though, he was good value.

          I thought DCE played a good game and led the team well. Turbo was good, but not an 8 IMO. His first try was good and he had to carry players over the line, but his second try was laid out for him and through soft defence. He also was directly responsible for a try by rushing up and missing the tackle (which, in his defence, is not all his fault as he should not be playing centre).

          Poor Cook seems to be a bit burnt out from a long season and Keary just showed he is not quite at that level. I also find it amazing how little they used Mitchell.

        • eels47 October 22, 2018 at 8:30 am
          Haha… I do miss holmesy

          Oh, I have a feeling he is still here along with a few of our former (assumed fallen) comrades. Call it “digital rebirth”. I have a list of my “Usual Suspects”.

        • To be honest mate none of these new guys sound much like holmesy. He was pretty harmless and just had a lot of passion for his team and didn’t like being called out for his outlandish comments. I don’t think he ever went out to intentionally start a fight/argument, but it often just ended that way.

    • @ Kev

      You are right, DCE wouldn’t get a start at Parr, nor would the rest of the Para team – your joke of a club has no grounds to play on.

  6. Des Hasler was Manly’s & its supporters worst enemy when he left for the Bulldogs . Despite doing a great job as a player & coach there. Now he’s all of Manly’s best friend again.
    I guess the question is who is getting the past Grand Final photos , team photos down from the walls ? To have them replaced with photos with Des back in them.
    He should always have been treated with the respect he had earnt at Manly. From all the years of success he had brung there as a player & coach.
    Shame on the Manly Club & its supporters for all the other crap they forced him to endure .

  7. everytime manly runout onto the playing field coming out of the sheds there theme song playing in the back ground should be the BENNY HILL theme song what a debarkle 2 coaches haser & barrett , wont go down good , hasler is made for manly a club that needs 2 be destroyed as he will do a good job for sure

    • You might want to check but I think you are infringing on copyright, that’s screamingeagle’s line.

      screamingeagle October 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm
      Cue Benny Hill music.

      onloan October 21, 2018 at 10:58 am
      …in the back ground should be the BENNY HILL theme song

      Perhaps you should have mentioned that it was “onloan”. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. What if, and this is just a theory, but it looks like Manly may be doing the dirty here. I’m not fishing, and it’s just a theory, but:
    Trent had 2 years left on well paying contract, which included a clause stating he had to give 12 months notice.
    Neither party was happy, and it would appear both parties wanted out ASAP.
    Trent didn’t have anywhere to go, in that he didn’t have an immediate job offer on the table.
    Could it be that a (“gentlemans”) agreement was reached whereby Trent gave the required min. notice, being 1 year, and Manly was to pay him out?
    As an outsider, that would appear logical, in that the payout would be half (the 2 years left on his contract), but now Manly are turning the screws, and trying to force a “renegotiation”.

    • Nice theory but it didn’t happen like that.
      Earlier in the year Gus approached Trent to take over at the Panthers for 2019 because Griffin was going to be sacked. That’s when Trent gave 12 months notice with no intention of seeing it out. This is about the time he started his undermining the club with his negative comments in the media.
      But Gus changed his mind and started his project to re sign N Cleary by getting his dad back to the club.
      This hung Trent out to dry.

      • And you may well be right.
        I was simply looking at it from another possible angle, as there usually is 2 sides.
        Either way, I can only assume you’ll be paying him something (probably pretty substantial) to get him out the door well before the season starts.
        You can’t have him hanging around, and he knows it too.

      • I don’t think you are too far off on your theory screaming. Whether or not Gus offered anything I don’t know, but the timing seems right. I will add though, that the club didn’t do them selves any favours with how they have handled the situation though, it hasn’t all been Trent undermining the club. Penn should have been strong enough to not let it play out in the media by fueling the fire. Barrett repeatedly declined to answer questions about the situation to the media, but Penn was more than happy to throw him under the bus.

  9. Dessie is in the building….
    Announcement made later today or tomorrow morning. Will be 2019 coach with Barrett to be let go very shortly.

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