Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
It can be argued that Des Hasler is one of the most important figures in the history of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
Throughout his 256-game career for the club as a player the Gosford native won premierships in 1987 and 1996, and was named the Dally M Lock of the Year in 1991.
Following his days as a player Hasler took on the role of Sea Eagles head coach for the first time in 2004.
During this period he led the club to three Grand Finals and two premierships in 2008 and 2011.
Since returning as head coach in 2019 the Sea Eagles have made the finals twice.
This is quite the impressive tenure but it looks like it will not be enough to save Hasler’s job as The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie is not only reporting that the 61-year-old will be relieved of his duties but that the Sea Eagles have already found his replacement for 2024.
“The Daily Telegraph has been told the chances of Hasler fulfilling the final season of his existing contract in 2023 are becoming less likely with each day,” said Ritchie.
“After 12 seasons at Brookvale as head coach over two stints, and 12 years previously as a player, Hasler’s reign at the club has become untenable.
— Dean Ritchie (@BulldogRitchie) October 10, 2022
“Manly want Hasler to remain in 2023 but hand over significant power to his replacement, likely to be former Souths and Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold, who would then take over as head coach in 2024.”
Seibold is most prominently remembered for being the man who was favoured by the Brisbane Broncos over Wayne Bennett but then unfortunately led the club into the worst period in its history.
When he took over from Bennett in 2019 the Broncos scraped into the top eight before being beaten by the Parramatta Eels 58-0 in the first week of the finals.
In 2020 he was relieved of his duties during the season as the Broncos won their first wooden spoon.
However, people often overlook the fact that the reason Brisbane were so keen on bringing Seibold in was that in 2018 he had taken the Rabbitohs back to the finals after a short hiatus and led them to a top-four finish.
A chance at a fresh start with an entire year to look at how he wants to rebuild the club may be just what Anthony Seibold and the Sea Eagles need to move on into the future.