NRL club sued by angry ex-coach for unpaid compensation after hellish season: “We will not back down”

NRL club sued by angry ex-coach for unpaid compensation after hellish season:
“We will not back down”

Manly are set to face Des Hasler after the former Sea Eagles coach launched civil proceedings against the NRL club.

According to News Corp, the two sides remain at odds a year after his contract was terminated following a dismal campaign that followed the Pride shirt saga.

Hasler is demanding compensation from the club after his contract with Manly ended with just one year remaining.

Manly’s lawyers and Hasler’s legal representatives had hoped to resolve the matter out of court, but negotiations broke down.

Hasler’s side sued at the end of August and the Sea Eagles are keen to vigorously defend their call for the 62-year-old to be sacked. Des Hasler is said to be taking the Manly Sea Eagles to court following last year’s sacking.

A club spokesman told News Corp:
“The club will not back down and is ready to defend its claim in court.”

Hasler has been highly critical of the club’s handling of the Pride shirt saga, which saw seven players choose to sit out the Round 18 match against the Roosters.

Players cited “cultural and religious reasons” for refusing to wear unique rainbow sweaters for the game.

The former coach apologized to the seven stars and blamed the story on “poor management”.

“Unfortunately, implementation of what was supposed to be an extremely important initiative went poorly,” Hasler said.

Manly then lost seven games in a row, dropping them from 8th to 11th place. Before this crisis, Hasler had hoped to trigger a contract extension until 2024. However, a poor end to the campaign led the Sea Eagles to terminate his contract and replace Anthony Seibold.

Manly Chairman Scott Penn said: “After careful consideration, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Board has unanimously decided that, in the best interests of the club, Des Hasler will not remain as manager club captain for the 2023 NRL season”.

“Des will always be a symbol of the club and an integral part of its history.”

Hasler, who won the club championship in 2011, will be represented by Sydney lawyer Dan McGirr.

In 2017, he sued the Bulldogs for $2.4 million after being fired by the Belmore club with two years left on his contract. The incident was resolved amicably.

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