Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has opened up on Des Hasler’s sacking, revealing he was “disappointed” the club legend was shown the door.
Hasler’s future was under the microscope after the pride jersey saga derailed the Sea Eagles’ finals hopes and club powerbrokers made the decision to axe the two-time premiership winning coach.
Former Broncos coach Anthony Seibold will reportedly take over once commitments with the England rugby union team are completed and Cherry-Evans is backing Manly to bounce back.
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“As it was developing it was looking like it was going to end badly,” Cherry-Evans said.
“So it is disappointing to see Des go, I have a great relationship with him. I definitely sent him some well wishes. He has had a big impact on my footy career.
“I am sure Des is someone I will stay in contact with for a long time. He is a good fella.”
Cherry-Evans was one of Hasler’s biggest supporters within the club and was a member of the 2011 premiership-winning side.
The experienced halfback, who wore the No.7 jersey in Australia’s first World Cup clash on Sunday, believes Manly have a chance to move forward in 2023.
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“Whether it is right or wrong how they do it, it has always been like that as long as I have been at the club,” Cherry-Evans said.
“Manly will always be Manly.”
Star duo Tom and Jake Trbojevic were reportedly frustrated with the club’s treatment of Hasler, so much so the gun fullback called an emergency meeting with his manager.
The situation was reportedly “too unpredictable and emotional” to make an immediate call regarding Tom’s future according to Channel 9’s Danny Weidler.
Meanwhile, Cherry-Evans revealed he is yet to speak to Jake regarding the situation unfolding at their club back in Australia.
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“I haven’t spoken to Jake about it,” Cherry-Evans said.
“Jake is not someone who really likes to open up on these sorts of things. It would be silly for me to comment on what he is feeling.
“I know how passionate he is about the club. Anyone who is passionate about the club, obviously it has been a hard week because we care about the place and we just want to see it do well.
“So I am sure Jake will come out and clear up his future one way or the other when the time is right for him.
“I value Jake as a teammate, I love Jake in the team and I can’t imagine not playing footy with him.
“I hope if there is any animosity it is cleared. I dare say with Jake he is just happy to tear in with a new coaching staff next year.”