CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire looks on at the post match media conference at the end of the round 19 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park on July 16, 2017 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

South Sydney premiership coach Michael Maguire and former Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright are equal favourites for the vacant Manly coaching position.

Maguire and Cartwright are the only two genuine contenders for the position, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Cartwright has been favoured for the job in recent weeks but Maguire has some influential support within the club.

Both candidates are in the running to replace Trent Barrett who resigned and is in a battle with the club over a payout.

Barrett and the Sea Eagles are headed to the courts unless the two parties can resolve their issues.

If there is no outcome within the next six weeks, there is every chance Barrett will have to return to the club for the start of the off-season training in early November.

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