Bar­rett out of sight as Manly starts train­ing

NT News - - SPORT - STEVE ZEMEK and SCOTT BAI­LEY

OUT-GO­ING Manly coach Trent Bar­rett was a no-show at Sea Ea­gles pre-sea­son train­ing yes­ter­day, avoid­ing awk­ward scenes as his four-month stand-off con­tin­ues.

Bar­rett had re­port­edly con­sid­ered show­ing up at the NRL club’s Narrabeen head­quar­ters af­ter part of the Sea Ea­gles play­ing squad re­turned to the train­ing pad­dock ear­lier in the week.

The par­ties re­main at log­ger­heads and in tense ne­go­ti­a­tions af­ter Bar­rett handed in his res­ig­na­tion in July, cit­ing a lack of re­sources – claims re­jected by Sea Ea­gles man­age­ment.

Bar­rett is serv­ing out his 12month no­tice pe­riod and is tech­ni­cally still em­ployed by the club, de­spite Des Hasler be­ing em­ployed as his re­place­ment. Hasler yes­ter­day over­saw the field ses­sion with the club’s non-rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers at the Syd­ney Academy of Sport.

There could have been awk­ward scenes had Bar­rett fol­lowed through on sug­ges­tions he was go­ing to walk into the club’s head­quar­ters and throw his feet un­der his desk.

Ac­cord­ing to Bar­rett and his camp his con­tract states he is the club’s head coach and no one else can be em­ployed in the po­si­tion.

It’s un­der­stood the par­ties were close to reach­ing a res­o­lu­tion ear­lier in the week, only to once again hit an im­passe.

They are still go­ing through the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing a pay­out which re­mains at the heart of the is­sue. It’s not known how much Bar­rett is seek­ing, with the Sea Ea­gles adamant he isn’t en­ti­tled to the full amount of his con­tract given he brought on the saga by hand­ing in his res­ig­na­tion.

Sea Ea­gles man­age­ment said they were still go­ing through ne­go­ti­a­tions but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

The club had hoped to have the im­passe re­solved be­fore the team went back to train­ing but it is still un­cer­tain how long the is­sue will drag for.

The Sea Ea­gles will have their first hitout un­der Hasler in their trial against Cronulla at Brook­vale Oval on Sat­ur­day, Fe­bru­ary 23.

Pic­ture: AAP IMAGE

For­mer Sea Ea­gles coach Trent Bar­rett, shown here on the right in Syd­ney this week, has been a notable ab­sen­tee from Manly’s pre­sea­son train­ing as a stand­off with the club con­tin­ues

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