Trent Barrett will finish the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition as the coach of the Manly Sea Eagles. It was widely thought that he would be given a box and told to clean out his office before being escorted off the premises prior to the end of the season.
Many Chairman Scott Penn recently announced that Barrett would run the team for the final game of the season with the Brisbane Broncos, even though it was speculated that John Cartwright would take over for the final game.
Speaking to reporters in comments published by the AAP, when asked if Barrett would finish out the season, Penn said, “Yes of course, that was never in question.”
Barrett has two years remaining on his contract with Manly, but NRL coaches’ contracts are written with disappearing ink in a league where “job security” is an oxymoron akin to “jumbo shrimp” and “military intelligence.”
Barrett was professionally mum regarding his beef with the club, but over the weekend, he grumbled about inadequate player facilities and lack of support staff.
Many needs to fill some positions that are normally considered part and parcel of running an NRL club, but Penn was off the stance that the club has budgeted to provide for positions of recruitment manager, assistant accountant and pathways coach.
Many recently spent half a million to upgrade the players’ workout facility at Narrabeen.
Barrett will leave after the final game and it remains to be seen how much of the remaining two years of his contract will come to him in the form of severance.
Manly is perched precariously of the precipice of its first wooden spoon in the clubs’ 70-year history. It is not likely, since the Sea Eagles must lose to Brisbane (likely) and the Parramatta Eels must beat Sydney (not likely).
The last word from Manly land might well be, “At least we were not dead last.”
Fifteenth or 16th, the Sea Eagles are merely dead.