Outgoing Manly NRL coach Des Hasler has rejected the payout offered by the Sea Eagles and plans to “go for the carotid artery” with his lawyer, demanding that the club compensate his client with $1 million.
Since his resignation last week, Hasler has remained on holiday in Western Australia and has enlisted the help of Sydney’s lawyer Daniel McGirr, who filed the claim against Manly on Monday.
It may not end there, as News Corp reports that McGirr may also be seeking damages on top of the money owed for Hasler’s 2023 contract, which could result in a long and ugly court battle between the parties.
Hasler has been officially fired by the Sea Eagles, but he’s looking for a monster payout as a result
“Des goes for the carotid artery,” a legal representative told the Daily Telegram.
McGirr declined to comment.
Former South Sydney and Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Siebold is expected to be named as Hasler’s replacement.
Meanwhile, Hasler, who becomes available to rival clubs, has notified a large number of contending coaches.
With the likes of Hasler, Shane Flanagan, several promising assistants like Dean Young and even the likes of Trent Barrett looking for a new gig, several coaches could be operating under an execution or perish edict very early in 2023.
Dragons coach Anthony Griffin has endured meager results in his first two seasons in the lead
Anthony Griffin is under immense pressure to coach St George Illawarra Dragons in 2023. The Dragons have won just 20 of Griffin’s 48 games for a 41.7 win rate entering his third season.
In his two seasons as a coach, the 56-year-old has not led the Dragons to the finals. The club finished eleventh in 2021 with just eight wins and tenth last season with 12 wins and 12 losses.
George Burgess fired a parting shot after being shot by the Dragons on Monday, with the Englishman saying he couldn’t perform with Griffin as coach.
Knights coach Adam O’Brien will be under pressure to pick the right backbone to revive his side
Unless Newcastle can make a dramatic turnaround after their dismal 2022 campaign, Adam O’Brien will also likely be criticized for his performance.
With a meager six wins, the Knights went from eighth in 2021 to fourteenth last season.
Halfback Mitchell Pearce, who had another year on his contract, was let go without being replaced by the club. He joined Super League side Catalans with one year left on his deal.
On offense, Jake Clifford and Adam Clune failed to bolster the No. 7 role, and the mid-season signing of Anthony Milford didn’t turn things around.
Titans head coach Justin Holbrook watches during the Round 19 NRL game between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans
Gold Coast’s Justin Holbrook learned how quickly things can swing for NRL coaches after a massive 2021 turned into a total flame in 2022.
The Titans were one of the most disappointing teams in 2022, as they were just one win away from the semifinals to 13th place last year and just two wins away from the wooden spoon.
Holbrook’s Titans won just six games this season, earning him 25 wins from 70 games for an overall win rate of 35.7 in three seasons.
He came under fire for his hiring and retention strategy, which included letting halfback Jamal Fogarty leave to rely on rookie Toby Sexton, while also investing millions in underperforming David Fifita.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters looks downcast as he speaks at a press conference after the Round 24 NRL game between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels
Brisbane’s Kevin Walters will also be under pressure, and not just because supercoach Wayne Bennett is back in town and in charge of the Dolphins expansion.
The Broncos were in the top four after 19 rounds, but lost five of their remaining six games and finished ninth.
It’s a good sign that the Broncos are heading in the right direction after a dismal 2021 campaign, but that’s just not good enough for this former powerhouse.
After 16 years without a title, the Broncos are under pressure to finish in the top four next season.
Hasler’s legal battle is the last thing Manly fans want to hear after a season torn apart by reports of infighting over the gay pride jersey.
The club crashed out of the top eight with seven consecutive defeats after the jersey’s debut against the Sydney Roosters, forcing seven players to refuse to participate in the match.
The Pride jersey Manly wore in the 2022 season caused a lot of trouble for the club
With Hasler sacked, star full-back Tom Trbojevic has also reportedly called for an urgent meeting with his manager, although he did not ask for his immediate release.
Dolphin coach Bennett has admitted he would be interested in signing Trbojevic brothers Tom and Jake if they become available and there are plenty of other fight clubs ready to surrender as well.
The manager of the Trbojevic brothers, Paul Sutton, told Nine News last week that they were concerned about the situation at Manly.
“They have expressed concern to me about the instability at the club. It worried them,’ Sutton said.
“They haven’t talked to me about leaving the club, but they’re worried about staying there.”