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The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have confirmed the appointment of Anthony Seibold as their NRL head coach for 2023.
Rumours originally suggested that the Sea Eagles were going to sign Seibold for 2024 but the recent firing of Des Hasler has allowed them to bring in the man they have sought after a year early.
Seibold spoke to Manly’s media team earlier today about his role.
“Manly’s got a proud history so to get the opportunity to coach the team in 2023 and beyond is fantastic,” said Seibold.
“I’m honoured to be the head coach and look forward to what we can do over the next couple of seasons.
“What attracted me to Manly was the proud history of the club, historically Manly have had great success.
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“Having worked with guys like Tom Trbojevic, Jake Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans in the past I think those relationships and the potential of the talent that I see in the current squad, I see that there’s an opportunity to build and not just build but bring some success to the Manly team.”
Sea Eagles CEO Tony Mestrov also put out a statement about Seibold’s arrival at the club.
“Anthony has an incredible knowledge of the game and what is required at the highest level,’’ Mestrov said.
“We believe Anthony is the ideal person to lead this very talented and strong playing group to achieve success in the years ahead.”
Seibold’s first head coaching role in the NRL was at the South Sydney Rabbitohs when he took over from premiership winner Michael Maguire in 2018.
He not only took the club back to the finals for the first time in three years but led them to the top four for the first time since 2014 when they won the Grand Final.
In 2019 he moved to the Brisbane Broncos after originally agreeing to join the club the following year.
After a rocky start to the season Brisbane eventually scrapped into the finals but unfortunately Seibold would be released by the Broncos during the 2020 season as they went on to finish last for the first time ever.
This would sour Seibold’s reputation but the 48-year-old now has a shot at redemption with the Sea Eagles.