Penn: I’ll bury the hatchet with Des
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.