Des Hasler payout, $1m, $2m, Manly Sea Eagles, 2023, 2024, court, Bulldogs, Scott Penn, sacked

Manly could consider paying Des Hasler nearly $2 million after the club sacked him on Thursday.

The Sea Eagles board decided to cut Hasler with 12 months left on his contract, estimated at nearly $1 million per season.

This time last year, Manly officials were reflecting on an impressive season after Hasler’s men finished fourth and went wild in the preliminary round.

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But while seven days is a long time in rugby league, a year is an eternity, and after a disastrous end to 2022, those same officials were yearning for blood.

The Pride jersey saga derailed the Sea Eagles’ campaign as they lost their last seven games to finish 11th on the ladder.

Hasler was contracted until the end of 2023 and a top-six finish this year would have triggered the 2024 option in his contract.

Manly is expected to pay him in full for the 2023 season, but Hasler could take the club to court to get the 2024 money as well, which if successful would see him raise almost $2m in the 2023 season. total.

It is understood that the veteran coach’s legal team would argue that decisions made by the club regarding the pride shirt prevented him from guiding the team to a top six finish.

Des Hasler, coach of the Manly Sea Eagles. NCA NewswireSource: News Corp Australia

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Anthony Seibold is set to replace Hasler who has a reputation as a micromanager but was ready to give some control back next season.

Hasler coached Manly between 2004 and 2011 – winning two premierships – before joining the Bulldogs for a six-season stint that ended in controversy.

Hasler’s messy outing ended when he sued Canterbury over his dismissal and received a $1 million payout.

The Sea Eagles have actively tried to prevent this scenario from repeating itself but could still end up in court with Hasler, according to Phil Rothfield.

“Manly for a while looked back at Des’ departure from the Canterbury Bulldogs and how tumultuous it was at the time,” Phil Rothfield told Fox Sports News.

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“Manly decided weeks and weeks ago that they weren’t going to go through the same turmoil that happened in Belmore.

“So they sped up, they found another coach in Anthony Seibold.

“Owners Scott and Rick Penn obviously have deep pockets because it’s going to cost them almost a million dollars to write Des a check because Des hasn’t breached his contract at all. He’s been there, he did his best, he wanted to continue but the club wants to go in a new direction.

“I think he will get full payment of what is owed to him for the 2023 season. Des could take him to court and claim that the pride jersey fiasco contributed to him not making it to the top six, which also prevented him from getting 2024.

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