GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett during the round 11 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

It has been uncovered that a falling out with Manly powerbroker Bob Fulton is reason why Trent Barrett appears set to depart the club at the end of the season, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Barrett is contracted until the end of the 2020 season, but has given 12 months’ notice, as allowed under the agreement of the contract extension he signed in November last year.

A tense of face-off between the Sea Eagles and Barrett’s veteran manager, Wayne Beavis, has already commenced, although Beavis has told Fairfax Media the concerns could be resolved by Thursday.

But Manly are reportedly not prepared to provide their sour coach a payout to leave at the end of the season, which complicates matters.

While Manly’s lack of football resources are being proffered, it can be revealed that Barrett’s fallout with Fulton is at the crux of the matter.

Fulton gave Barrett his first NRL job on the advice of Panthers general manager Phil Gould, who a while ago identified Barrett as the future coach and swiftly made him an assistant at Penrith.




  1. If he quits then Manly don’t have to pay him a cent outside of his current entitlements. Am I missing something here??

    • As I see it Barrett’s contract he can give 12 months notice and receive a payout sounds like manly should have checked the contract a little closer usually with these types of contracts Barrett will be seeking somewhere between 40-60% of the contract

  2. How do people get away with writing this dribble..
    Baz come out today and flatly denied this rumour, and he looked very genuine about it..
    Everything else he just said “I can’t comment sorry”

  3. Manly should also look at Brent Kites coaching effort in the NRRRL….has turned a whole club around with the Tweed Coast Raiders

  4. The main issue with Barrett is he doesnt want to move his family to Perth.Manly wanna keep him but with the high chance of Manly relocating in 2020 his not interested.Its not just the football club relocating its all Manly.From Palm Beach down to Mossman its gunna be gone.The Nsw goverment is relocating Blacktown there and building a new stadium with all the old bits from Pirtek Stadium.Lottoland was going to be turned into a dump but the government realised it already was

      • why would they want my spoons?they are quite welcome to them but i cant understand why?they can have my knifes and forks also but i dont understand why they need them in a brand new stadium.its not brookvale

  5. Fool Bozo for taking advice from Gus Gould. Recommends Barrett as a coach – based on what? Gus also recommended John Cartwright as a head coach, Brad Fittler, Neil Henry – not to mention his issues with Griffin & Cleary. Gus is the Trump of the NRL!

  6. If Bozo has stepped away from his role with the club, then Gorman and Penn need to have a chat to him.

    If the club is under resourced, spend some money and appoint someone or persons the the respective roles, they can’t compete in this comp the cheap way.

    If Trent is not happy with the gym, fields, skipping ropes or whatever, then move on as you knew about the facilities before you signed your first deal and subsequent extension. If you don’t like the stuff being said about you, don’t treathen the club with a letter from lawyers – they obviously did a poor job trying to protect you.

    Ultimately, it’s tome for Trent to go as his actions with this matter have probably soured the relationship with the club. Manly heads of – lay low and run away and hide as you have been throughout the whole year. Even though Trent has poorly managed this situation, the guy has tried to manage. Gorman and Penn, both of you ran away like cats…surely you can’t be involved in leading a club. Sell down and move on, our club needs leaders and both of you are not it.

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