JOHN McCARTHY

Inside Sport - - Manly Sea Ea Gles -

How did you find your club’s 2019 sea­son?

Very pleased - I hadn’t ex­pected the team to do as well as they did. I felt that they bounced back very well from the dis­ap­point­ment of the pre­vi­ous year.

What sur­prised you at your club last year?

The re­turn of Des Hasler as the coach of the club last year. I thought it was a mas­ter­stroke. I have al­ways been a great fan of his abil­i­ties as a coach but he did sur­prise me with the speed with which he turned the team into a win­ning unit.

What dis­ap­pointed you?

I was dis­ap­pointed with the stan­dard of ref­er­ee­ing last year. The cul­mi­na­tion of this for me was the way Manly were bun­dled out of the semi fi­nals.

What are the 2020 ex­pec­ta­tions?

Manly will main­tain con­sis­tency. I also be­lieve that they can make the grand fi­nal and be se­ri­ous con­tenders for the 2020 pre­mier­ship.

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