Manly coach Des Hasler is said to be at a stalemate with the club over a contract extension and The Sea Eagles’ 46-4 cancellation at the hands of the roosters on Saturday clearly did not help his cause.
News Corp reported that Hasler has yet to sign a multi-million dollar contract extension because frigid negotiations over rigid performance clauses are underway.
Hasler chief executive George Mimis and Manly chief executive Stephen Humphries are engaged in a war over both contract length and termination options.
Hasler wants a three-year deal, and although Manly accepts it, they insist on performance clauses that would allow the deal to be terminated at any time.
Among the deals being discussed is a rolling annual contract, which Nathan Brown had with the Newcastle Knights before he was fired, receiving six months pay and leaving for the New Zealand Warriors at the end of the 2020 season.
Teddy goes bang bang
Humphreys was on the defensive when contacted by the Daily Telegraph.
“Des is in the final year of a three-year contract,” Humphreys said.
“We have been discussing the situation beyond this year for a little while now, but at this point it is not resolved.
“I have no further comment to make.”
New hope surrounded Manly as one of the most iconic lines in the modern rugby league – Hasler, Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran – gathered for the club’s season opener at SCG.
But a ruthless Roosters team roughed up the Sea Eagles as James Tedesco and Brett Morris scored a hat trick apiece.
The 42-point victory even marked the Roosters’ biggest first-round victory in the club’s rich 113-year history.
Manly’s problems are the fact that superstar rear Tom Trbojevic is unlikely to be fit for selection until round four, after the NSW State of Origin pistol suffered another hamstring injury in late February.
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