Manly’s Toovey tipped to be gone in days

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JAMES MACSMITH

MANLY’S brave Round 20 win over the War­riors won’t save coach Ge­off Toovey’s job at Brook­vale with the club leg­end set to be shown the door this week, de­spite hav­ing a year left on his con­tract.

The Sea Ea­gles re­main in the fi­nals race on the back of their im­pres­sive 32- 12 over the War­riors in Auck­land on Satur­day against the Kiwi out­fit who lost half­back Shaun John­son in the 26th minute with a sea­son- end­ing an­kle in­jury.

Pen­rith as­sis­tant and Coun­try Ori­gin men­tor Trent Bar­rett is ex­pected to be­come the coach as early as to­day, with John Cartwright his as­sis­tant.

Toovey has taken Manly to a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, a grand fi­nal and a semi- fi­nal in the three sea­sons since he took over from Des Hasler.

But he has seem­ingly paid the price for his lack of sup­port for for­mer back- rower Glenn Stewart in his con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions last year be­fore he signed with South Syd­ney, and for align­ing him­self with the for­mer Quan­tum fac­tion at Manly be­fore the Penn fam­ily took over in Oc­to­ber.

Rugby league Im­mor­tal An­drew Johns, who is on the Manly coach­ing staff, said he wasn’t sure what was hap­pen­ing at Brook­vale and whether he will be on the Sea Ea­gles’ books next year, amid re­ports 14 play­ers will be shown the door. “I don’t know what’s go­ing on, I haven’t spo­ken to any­one,” he said on Chan­nel Nine’s Sun­day Football Show.

“From the ef­fort the play­ers put in ( yesterday) it doesn’t look to be af­fect­ing them. I’m not there when they are so­cial­is­ing, but as a group at train­ing they all seem pretty happy.”

Manly host Bris­bane in Gos­ford on Satur­day, and are set to be with­out Steve Matai who suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury.

Ligi Sao has a pos­si­ble sea­son- end­ing ACL in­jury, while Tom Symonds and Luke Burgess ( both leg) are in doubt af­ter the Sea Ea­gles fin­ished the match against the War­riors with an empty bench.

GET­TING THE CHOP: Sea Ea­gles coach Ge­off Toovey.

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