Just read this on another forum and think it hits the nail on the head re our current predicament. There is a management lesson to be had in all this. A senior manager (coach) whilst highly important to any business is still an employee of the business. If you allow one employee to virtual 'own' all facts of the business and the relationships with key stakeholders, you are setting yourself up for a potential disaster like this one. The Manly executive (whilst staying out of coaching and football matters) should have been working hard on having strong relationships with the players, assistant coaches etc long ago. That way, when the day comes that Des walks away the business is still held together. But Des owns all the key relationships at Manly and is hostile to anyone getting involved. Contrast that to Bennett who has left both his old clubs in tact with good working relationships between players, executive and coaching staff. The day Des signed with the Dogs is the day he should have been marched. Not because he signed with another club, but because he did so obviously disgruntled. Since then (it would seem) he's been encouraging others to move with him and the seeds of discontent have been growing within the club each and every day. Manly should have removed Des immediately, installed Toovey immediately and allowed the new coaching staff the room to install a new order, free of the negative influence of an obviously disgruntled senior employee. Des' position is now untenable and in my opinion he will be removed in the near future.