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Des Hasler ‘won’t leave Manly without a fight as defiant coach tells Sea Eagles he wants to STAY’

Despite all the signs pointing to the exit door, Des Hasler is in no rush to leave Manly as reports suggest the defiant manager plans to make it difficult for his bosses to remove him from his position.

Club bosses gave Hasler until the end of the week to make a decision on his future, with former Brisbane and South Sydney manager Anthony Seibold the favorite to be replaced.

The decision could be out of Hasler’s hands anyway, as owner Scott Penn told the press on Tuesday: “We have a Premiership-winning team and what we need is a football department that can get us there as soon as possible.”

Hasler is still under contract with the Sea Eagles until the end of 2023, but wants to remain in office for another 12 months before making way for his successor and moving into a new role at the club.

And according to News Corp, that stance hasn’t changed since Penn’s public slaying, though he would be open to working with trainer-waiting Seibold in 2023.

“Des is ready for 2023 and looks forward to working proactively with everyone,” said a close Hasler confidant.

‘It is certainly Des’ intention to continue. He knows Manly won’t make it easy for him but he wants to train and has a contract. He intends to be there.

“His employment may seem untenable, but he will not leave. He is ready, willing and able to work with the board to achieve his goals.”

As a result, Manly will have to sack Hasler if he is to be away for next season and another board meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss the drama engulfing the NRL club.

The preferred course of action would be for Hasler to quietly step down after the club announced he would not be re-signed for 2024, but the feisty manager won’t leave without a payout.

“Is Des happy to be working to support the board in what he wants? Of course he is,” the source added.

“He is happy to support any organization and their wishes. He did this at Canterbury for many years, quite constructively. Des has no problem with “Seibs”.

‘Des could enjoy next season and build something special. There’s a strong possibility that Des could take Manly well into the top eight. He was able to give up some of the responsibility and just focus on his coaching. He’s their most capped coach.’

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