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)

Cronulla are on the search for a new head coach after Shane Flanagan resigned on Monday, and the Sharks have narrowed their search down to a shortlist of candidates, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Sharks will look at caretaker coach John Morris for the position, but will also look at Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo, former Manly coach Trent Barrett and St Helens coach Justin Holbrook.

According to the Telegraph, the Sharks could be interviewing candidates as early as Tuesday.

Morris could be viewed as the favourite for the position given his history, having spent the past nine years at the Sharks.

The 38-year-old was first a player at Cronulla before moving up their coaching ranks, and was an assistant to Flanagan before replacing him as interim coach earlier this year.

However, if the Sharks decide to look for someone outside the club who is young and fresh with ideas, Ciraldo could be their man.

The former Panthers player took over from Anthony Griffin when he was sacked last season, and has also led Italy at the World Cup.

Barrett could also take the reigns of Cronulla, after his ugly split from Manly last season.

Barrett took the Sea Eagles to the finals in 2017, and would welcome another position after everything he went through at Manly.

Finally, Holbrook would need a release from St Helens in order to make the move to Australia, which may be easier said than done given his record at the Saints.

In his two years at the club, Holbrook has helped the Saints to a 37-12 record.

The Sharks begin their pre-season trial matches with a clash against the Sea Eagles in 32 days’ time.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Bennett will be spewing after this news. He loves having great teams handed to him on a platter after all those years at Pony land. Old man Bennett will be looking at the details of his contract to see if he can get out of his soufffths deal now that this great opportunity has arisen. For the past 48yrs souffths juniors have produced duds and won nothing.

    Barrett a coach who tried his luck with the hopeless Manly outfit just showed the League world that Manly and Barrett are not up to NRL standards.

    I believe the NRL coaching world needs new blood and Morris looks like he could do well at the Sharks. If they go for any other coach they are crazy. I do feel sorry for Maguire though, He would be the exact coach with the playing talent at Cronulla to guide them towards a second premiership. But unfortunately, timing is every thing💪🐔👍

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  2. Be careful Sharks, if you sign Barrett things will be going smoothly for a little while and then he will start making outrageous requests for things like a seat and desk.

    • Hahahah! Im not sure the Manly culture and Barrett were ever going to work. He looked like a fish out of water there on the North Shore. Morris deserves a crack at it. I would have thought they would look at Hook tho.

  3. If John Morris wants the top job, then it should be all his period. Sharks shouldn’t want to look at anyone else at this moment, unless there is some other unknown reason to do so.

  4. As much as I hate doing it I’m going to stick up for Manly here, and say the Sharkies should leave Barrett alone whilst he’s still under contract.

  5. There are some guys that are great assistant coaches, but terrible head coaches- Jason Taylor, John Cartwright, Steven Price and I think Trent Barrett. For some guys, it just a bridge too far. The next 6 months will see where Morris sits.

    • Or it could have been that Griffin is a useless coach & a dividing figure. One who drives players away from the club.

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