SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Sea Eagles coach, Trent Barrett looks on during the round 18 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pepper Stadium on July 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The Panthers have ruled out signing Manly coach Trent Barrett amid reports that he will walk from the Sea Eagles at the end of the season.

Barrett has been linked to the Panthers following the sacking of Anthony Griffin, given his history at the club and his manager Wayne Beavis’ relationship with Penrith boss Phil Gould.

But Panthers chairman Dave O’Neill has poured cold water on any sort of reunion, stating Barrett is not in the club’s plans.

Trent Barrett won’t be coaching the Panthers next year,” O’Neill told

“We haven’t spoken to him, we haven’t discussed him internally in any of the conversations we’ve had around the head coaching position next year.

Cameron Ciraldo is our coach for the rest of 2018 and after the season we’ll begin making plans for 2019 and beyond. But I can assure you Trent Barrett and John [Cartwright] aren’t part of those plans.”


  1. 😊
    Not after his performance at manly.
    Hey Lets get rid of Blake Green and keep DCEgo happy by sacking Hastings and signing “the perfect foil for dce” Hodgko
    😆😆 not to mention the “guns” he brought with him, brown etc. 😆😆
    Not on your life.

  2. Are we still on Barrett, seriously?

    What NRL club is going to give Barrett a head coaching job for next year? Surely the answer is none.

    Will he be the head coach at Manly next year? NOT likely, and that’s being very kind.

    How much will Manly have to pay to get rid of him? That seems to be the real issue, as I see it. If he can line up another job as an assistant coach, SL, or such, then Manly can reduce the payout, but if Manly strike first, and sack him, the payout’s at full pay.

    Now I’ll put my Eels cap back on and say, Barrett deserves the full backing of the Manly board, and should be given every chance to rebuild the club.

    • eels – agreed.
      I am waiting for the press release to that effect “Trent is not going anywhere, he is contracted to the club and has the full support of Board, the Owners and most importantly the playing group. We haven’t had discussion with Michael Maguire, Geoff Toovey or any other coach and don’t plan on doing so, Trent is our coach and he will see out his contract” Kaboom!!!
      I would love to see them approach Dessie and allow him finish off the job he started in 2012 or thereabouts
      (Manly fans don’t have a sook – its just a gee-up)

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