Speculation is growing that Bulldogs Coach Des Hasler is Set to return to Manly in 2018.
It is understood that Certain people in power at Manly are eager to bring Des back, but there’s resistance from others and their current coach Trent Barrett still has time left to run on his deal, which expires at the end of the 2018 season.
Des Hasler survived a board meeting 2 months ago and will coach Canterbury in 2017. Club legend Steve Mortimer was not so lucky, and will no longer be apart of the Bulldogs from 2017.
Hasler, 55, will no doubt be under fierce scrutiny from members and fans following a limp finals exit and inconsistent form over the course of 2016 and the same will go for Trent Barrett who first season coaching at the top level was less then impressive, winning just 8 games and finishing 13th on the ladder.
It is believed if Manly get off to a poor start to the 2017 season, Manly will have no choice but to sack Barrett and Des Hasler will be the first coach they will be chasing to help Manly become a power house was again, like they were when Hasler was last at the reign in the Norther Beaches….
The Saga is expected to run throughout the entire 2017 season….