MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan watches his team warm up during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shane Flanagan is set to become Cronulla’s longest serving coach next year but his future beyond 2019 is difficult to discern through the controversy and uncertainty created by the Sharks’ salary cap investigations, as reported by

CEO Barry Russell says they plan on retaining Flanagan at the Sharks beyond 2019, with talks reportedly in progress and a deal soon to be finalised.

“Again there has been speculation as to Shane Flanagan’s future,” Russell said in a letter to Cronulla members.

“We are in discussions with a view to finalising his future as soon as possible.

“Shane is busy preparing a team and coaching through the pre-season but negotiations are ongoing and we are confident a deal will be struck and a contract signed in the very near future.”

Flanagan’s son, playmaker Kyle Flanagan, recently signed a three-year contract extension with the Sharks, so if Russell is to be believed then Cronulla fans will see the father-son combo in action for many years to come.

But if the contract falls through or if the results of the investigation are damning, then Flanagan’s long years of service might reach an abortive conclusion.

Flanagan enters 2019 having coached 185 games at Cronulla, meaning he will break John Lang’s previous record (206 games) in round 23.


  1. I found it strange that Cronulla requested Val Holmes partner resign from her job with the sharks. Was this another little trick the sharks used to cheat the cap?

      • Yet they are clever enough to determine that the chooks are under the cap according to you and mighty? Sounds like you are having a bet each way eels47.

        • Reg, Ned’s got some numbers for you.
          IF the Roosters have spent $1 for every time you’ve publicly accused them of cheating the salary cap, then yes, they would have blown the $9,600,000, and probably 10 fold by now.
          Otherwise, and just for the record, yet again, I believe the NRL is smart enough to add the total value of 30 registered player contracts, and ensure it totals less than $9.6 mil. (for 2019) within the parameters of the rules.
          Clearly you don’t, so that’s the foundation of our difference of opinion.

        • 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

          For the first half of your post mighty and for the second half….


          Remember AE47’s source who has intimate working knowledge of the Roosters organisation and Politis’s methods and influence over the NRL? If this source is correct it would be like a speakeasy bartender (Greenberg) trying to tell Al Capone (Politis) how to run his business.

          I know it’s hard for you to comprehend just how deep the Rabbit hole goes unless you are a rabbit. 🐰🕳

      • OK, so this will make more sense once Reg’s comment is released from purgatory…

        I’m not having a bet each way, if anything this reinforces my comments on the Roosters cap. I have never stated that the Roosters are not over the cap. I have said that the NRL are not KNOWINGLY allowing the Roosters to be over the cap. As I have stated many, many, many times, I am sure the Roosters are cheating the cap in some way, as I am sure all teams are.

        So, me saying the NRL aren’t clever enough to work out how the Sharks may be cheating the cap is similar in that anything the Roosters may be doing to cheat the cap, the NRL haven’t been clever enough to work it out.

      • eels47 I know your a bona fide idiot, and a disciple of Reg Reagans “attack the Roosters salary cap club,” but your idiotic post which should be about Cronulla by the way, not the Roosters, just confirms your stupidity🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

        • Calm down Woodchook, before you scramble your eggs! 🥚🥚🍳

          Just because we ALL KNOW that the Roosters are rorting the salary cap it doesn’t mean that they are going to get caught. Not unless someone overreacts and spills the beans like you did confessing that the Roosters have a $12.6 mill salary cap for 2019 when the NRL has confirmed that the other 15 teams have a $9.6 mill salary cap for next year.

          Loose lips sink ships Woody… lucky for you Roosters don’t have lips (or teeth). 😂😂😂

        • Seriously mate, grow up. Reg brought up the Roosters not me. And if I am one of his disciples explain theany disagreements we have had over the years.

          All I have said us that ALL teams, in some fashion, attempt to cheat the cap. I haven’t singled out the Roosters as being cheats except as a direct response to Regs comment.

          I think if we were to go through the history of your comments in this site compared to mine we would see who the idi0t is. Here’s a hint for you in case you need one, it isn’t me.

        • Your post above eels47, clearly attacks the Roosters when you claim that they are over the cap on four occasions.
          1. “I have never stated that the Roosters are not over the cap.” which therefore means you are saying they are over the cap.
          2 “.I have said that the NRL are not KNOWINGLY allowing the Roosters to be over the cap.” So you are saying the Roosters are over the cap and the NRL do not realise it.
          3. “I am sure the Roosters are cheating the cap in some way” need I say anymore❓❓❓❓❓❓❓
          4. “is similar in that anything the Roosters may be doing to cheat the cap, the NRL haven’t been clever enough to work it out”

          Mate one of Reg’s disciples in self denial of your own comments😆😆😂😂🤣🤣😁😂😆🤣

        • Try again mate.

          1. I never said they singled out the Roosters as being over the cap either. I have said that I believe all teams cheat in some way
          2. I am refuting Regs claim that the NRL are turning a blind eye to the Roosters. I am merely statung that IF the Roosters are cheating, the NRL aren’t knowingly allowing it
          3.again, I said ALL teams are attempting to cheat the cap in my opinion
          4. Look up the meaning of the word MAY in that context.

          Again you make yourself look the fool by trying to twist my words to suit your narrative. You’ll need to do better than that.

        • eels47 A true Bona fide id10t does not realise what they write or say…..When you stated that

          “I am sure the Roosters are cheating the cap in some way” I thought you meant what you wrote, that the Roosters are cheating the cap in some way. Obviously from what you are telling me you meant to say was, When Parra the salary cap cheaters who are currently being punished play the Roosters next season, that you will be going on holidays for that particular weekend to avoid watching a thrashing.

          Sorry eels fourseven, my mistake🔫😎👎

        • OK mate, clearly you feel the need to have a win here so I’ll let you have it as I can’t be bothered going around in circles over what really is a nothing matter.

          I hope I have brought some form of joy to your life in this little “victory” and that you can sleep a little better tonight.

        • OK eels47 I will take the victory…. lap of honour and enjoy every minute of it 💪👴👍 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🎖🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

          Just remember in future chump, don’t mess with the CHAMP🥊 or I “MAY” have to do a Walker/Auva”a/Inglis/Te’o on ya. B1Tch🤣😂😁😆😂🤣

  2. Perhaps “Lottoland” might throw them a bone since they saved the Sea Eagles from financial oblivion. Perhaps the Sharks might “get lucky” too. 😂😂😂

    • AE47, I’d be surprised if it’s as bad as you think.
      Obviously they have their problems, but if salary cap issues were that serious and/or if the NRL thought their penalties were likely to break them, why did they let them sign Johnson?
      I’d also add, and for the record I’m not an “NRL conspiracy theorist”, but why would the NRL publically state it won’t “bail any club out”, allow the Sharks to sign Johnson, and then deliver the “final nail” (so to speak) especially when it has 2 or 3 years on its tv rights deal to run?
      From a “business perspective” (the NRL business perspective) why give yourself that big of a headache, and if the answer is “so they can relocate the club” (to somewhere like Perth for example), well that doesn’t stack up either (why would you damage a brand and then send it to your new market?).

    • Are you sure that eels47 and yourself AngryEagle47 are not related You pair of clowns both share the last name, don’t you both 47. or perhaps you think your grand parents are secret agent 86 and 99.
      Your lucky Parra entered the comp in the same year as your sea eagles because like this year, in 1947 Parra saved you from the spoon as Manly finished second last in 2018 and 1947 by just two premiership points above Parra Oh another thing your teams have in common you pair of 47 brothers, your teams both were over the cap substantially in 2016 Parra and 2017 Manly.
      AngeredEagle47 like I stated above…..your an 1di0t🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

      Reg the clown who is your source of false information is talking about Cronulla not the Chooksters🐓🥇

    • Should read

      Reginald Reagan, the clown🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤮🤓😳😖🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 AngeredEagle47 who is your “source” of false information is talking about Cronulla, not the Roosters🥇🐓🐓🏆

    • AngryMaroonbird47 I already posted Manly and Parra entered the Premiership together in 1947 4 and 1/2 hours before your post.

      WoodChook December 11, 2018 at 4:31 pm
      “Your lucky Parra entered the comp in the same year as your sea eagles because like this year, in 1947 Parra saved you from the spoon ”

      Your a bit behind the times mate, get with the program AngryEagle47. After a bit of rehab they will be calling you CalmBoy47💪🎱👍🤣🤣🤣😁😁😆😂😂😆😁🤣

  3. Honestly it never stops with this club always in the News get rid of these cheats now NRL and save yourself the heartache

      • Forget moving them to Perth, just can them like Newtown or the bears. Pimple on the ar$e of the league with Flanagan responsible for most of their misdemeanours (and when he’s not, he’s endorsing rubbish behaviour from the likes of fatfita, Gallen and graham)

        • Other than a local rivalry with the Dragons I don’t understand the hate. I’ve always liked the Sharks but for an animal that thrives in cool to warm water they are in hot water now and are in danger of becoming shark fin soup.

      • That’s exactly what Souffths and Reginald Reagan want, a move to Perth so souffths like they did to a few teams over the years including a large portion of the Roosters region is to claim their juniors.

  4. Word has it manly and the sharks will merge and create one of the most hated clubs in sports history. I bet the only positives from that club would be the test conducted by asada

  5. It appears Shane Flanagan will achieve a deserved contract extension contrary to the prophecies of Reg Reagan December 4, 2018 at 11:58 am BIG NEWS!!! Reg Regan your unquestionable profound petition, to boldly spruik a declaration to the end of Flanagan’s Cronulla Sutherland coaching career, is preposterously irrational and absurd. As a claimed South Sydney supporter, sourcing your facts from a fellow compatriot bird brain, in AngryEagle substantiates your opinions are void of truth, as are your attacks upon my loyalty towards the Rabbitohs.

    • So your the clown AngeredEagle47 that got into RegRegan head for him to post that totally full on garbage about Cronulla and other teams.
      Are you sure that eels47 and yourself AngryEagle47 are not related You pair of clowns both share the last name, don’t you both 47. or perhaps you think your grand parents are secret agent 86 and 99.
      AngeredEagle47 like I stated above…..your an 1di0t

  6. Toddy123 you are an evil genius why didnt i think of that.. very well played my friend…. Get rid of the cheats and the silvertails

  7. And if Flanagan goes? What club would take him at the moment, also who do the Sharks get? There really arent too many options out there. He’s won them a premiership, and led them to a joint 1st finish this season. You only have to look at Cronulla’s recruits to see that players are attracted to work under him. He doesn’t deserve the instability

    • And WHO would be available to coach the Sharks then? Fingers crossed for Anthony Griffin (aka Barney Rubble) or Jason “3clubs” Taylor.

      Please anyone except Jason Demetriou. Souths need him as assistant coach and Bennett’s eventual successor.

  8. Flanno is fine if you put your stock in anything hooper says well you’ve got no idea … as for a replacement if flanno left Johnny Morris is there …… look at all the sharkies haters it’s marldon is here and well

  9. That said if flanno plays Johnson at halfback and Townsend at 5/8 bring on Morris surely you’d have Moylan and Johnson do a straight swap

  10. As soon as the Sharks bought Johnson, I was saying Moylan looks the odd one out.
    They didn’t like him at fullback. He’s also too slow for fullback , especially in defence.
    They have other good halves coming through.
    So last years big buy for the Sharks may soon need a new home.

    • Hopefully Its all stations to McDonald Town then next stop Central. We will give Redfern a miss. Oh sorry Warriorz7 or is it Cronulla7 these days😂🤣😆😁❓❓❓❓❓❓😆😂😂🤣, Souffths “don’t live here anymore”🎵🎼🎵🎼🎵 they are too busy trying to take over other teams territories and juniors like they did to Easts, Balmain, Newtown, Glebe, University, Cronulla’s next and now that they are based at Olympic stadium they will be after some junior teams in that region soon. 🤣😂😆😁😆😂🤣🎱🎱🎱🎱💪🐔👍 Enjoy your day Bro.

  11. Old News Angrybird47, Reg spilled the beans last week. Get with the times mate, your way behind the eight ball corner pocket

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