Penn: I’ll bury the hatchet with Des

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

MANLY chair­man Scott Penn has de­clared he is happy to work with Des Hasler as long as the for­mer Sea Ea­gles men­tor can ful­fil the club’s goal of a top- four fin­ish ev­ery NRL sea­son.

Penn’s dec­la­ra­tion comes as Hasler con­sid­ers a re­turn to the north­ern beaches club where he made his coach­ing de­but 15 years ago.

The two-time Manly premier­ship-win­ning coach only has to agree to the Sea Ea­gles’ terms to get a three-year deal. Penn re­fused to say Hasler had the job but con­firmed he was in the run­ning to re­turn to the club.

He also said he’d hap­pily bury the hatchet with Hasler fol­low­ing the men­tor’s un­pleas­ant de­par­ture from Manly in 2011, when he fell out with club of­fi­cials.

“If Des can de­liver our ob­jec­tive, and that is be­ing a top­four con­tender ev­ery year, then of course we would be in­ter­ested,” Penn told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“As we have said the whole time, we will do what is in the best in­ter­ests of the club and en­sur­ing the club gets back to where we need it to be.

“We are in fi­nal dis­cus­sions with a num­ber of can­di­dates who we be­lieve can do the job and Des is one of those peo­ple.”

If Hasler re­turns to Manly for­mer staff mem­bers will fol­low him. The Sun­day Tele­graph can re­veal con­di­tioner Don Singe, who also fol­lowed Hasler to Can­ter­bury, is keen to re­turn to Manly.

Dur­ing his time at the Sea Ea­gles, Singe played a vi­tal role in help­ing the club build a cul­ture that re­sulted in two pre­mier­ships in 2008 and 2011.

As­sis­tant John Cartwright had been con­sid­ered the fron­trun­ner to take over from Trent Bar­rett.

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