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Barrett declares peace at Manly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by EaglesDontTweet, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. EaglesDontTweet

    EaglesDontTweet Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    From AAP on NineMSN
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    After years of tumult, during which their Narrabeen training headquarters was compared to a viper's pit, new coach Trent Barrett believes an atmosphere of harmony and conviviality prevail at Manly.

    Handed the NRL coaching reins after Geoff Toovey's cut-throat sacking, Barrett was asked to bring together a house divided.

    Schisms within the squad, rumoured to revolve around halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, plagued the club over the past several years and were said to be factors in the exit of favourite sons Anthony Watmough and Glenn Stewart.


    After getting his feet under the desk last November in his first head coach role, one of Barrett's first tasks was to put his stamp on the players and ensure they were united - a task he feels has been achieved with big input from the senior members of the squad.

    "As a group they get on well and that's half the battle," Barrett told AAP.

    "We spent a lot of time together and we've got a pretty cohesive group of blokes that like being around each other.

    "The football side of things is sometimes the easier stuff, handling everything outside of that is a management job and we're doing our best with that.

    "I'm really happy with the way everyone's fitting in. But we're still not there and we've still got work to do."

    The axe swung freely in the off-season with the likes of Matt Ballin, Peta Hiku, Willie Mason, Clinton Gutherson and Justin Horo told they were no longer wanted while five-eighth Kieran Foran departed for Parramatta and a bigger pay day.

    Manly lured a number of big-name signings, including Queensland Origin front-rower Nate Myles, controversy-plagued former South Sydney centre Dylan Walker, who is being shaped as a five-eighth to replace Foran, and Martin Taupau, surprisingly released early by the Wests Tigers.

    Barrett also made a couple of handy pick ups in highly-rated Brisbane youngster Matt Parcell and former premiership-winning No.9 Apisai Koroisau, who will battle it out for the starting hooker spot.

    Back-rower Lewis Brown (Penrith) and prop Darcy Lussick (Parramatta) are also key new faces.

    With Foran gone, and Cherry-Evans handed multi-million dollar, "lifetime" deal, there will be big expectations on the halfback to steer the Sea Eagles back to the finals.

    While Barrett was able to assemble one of the strongest 17-man squads in the competition, he knew the immediate challenge was to ensure they gel as a cohesive unit on and off the field.

    He brought the squad back to pre-season training early and put an emphasis on team bonding.

    "We've had a long pre-season, we came back on November 4 and came back straight after New Year's. They have done a lot of work but it's been a decision from them," Barrett said.

    "The senior blokes have made a lot of effort and embraced what we're trying to do.

    "The players will always have more pull over the group than you will, if they're on board that makes things easy."


    Read more at http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/2016/02/22/11/19/barrett-declares-peace-at-manly#jSfSBf7BomFfeTSF.99
     
  2. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Gee Baz is getting a rails run in the press, plenty of positive articles for him and the team. Strange how things like that happen, poor old Tooves and the players seemed to be struggling in that department last season. Have we changed media managers or PR agency ?? If we have, they are doing a great job this year keeping the positive press coming in.
     
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  3. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Just want till/ if we lose two in a row early on.
     
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  4. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No more white anting from Zorba.
     
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  5. ALinda

    ALinda Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I saw much evidence of that on Saturday. Welcoming each other as they arrived, sitting together before the game and it was all very friendly. So nice to see an harmonious team :)
     
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  6. MissKate

    MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Watch out or parra will be chasing our new messiah
     
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  7. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    So how soon will ZtH make Baz a Life Member of the Franchise :rock:
     
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  8. Wombat Legacy

    Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What it goes to show-is the power of the media. Step over the wrong lines and you're ****ED!
    ZTH had his mates death ride Tooves last year, and he got the result he wanted.
    Sad, but true.
    Toovey should have resigned at some point of last season, but his blooded minded passion resigned him to being sacked and humiliated in the process.
    I hope I never see such skullduggery in this club again.

    Good luck to the new coaches and leaders-may success be swift!
     
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  9. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Media conspiracy theory OR maybe things really have changed for the better..
     
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  10. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Barrett will survive only if Manly are sucessful.

    If we start the year like last year the knives will be out includign zorba with his steak knife
     
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  11. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Why do you say Tooves was humiliated? He knew the score when the Penns took control. He stayed on so he could give his all to the team. A byproduct of that, the payout that he deserved when they axed him.
     
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  12. Shoe1

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    A wise man once said never resign until you're guaranteed that your contract will be paid out in full
     
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  13. Wombat Legacy

    Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Beacause he was humiliated! Read my post again
     
  14. Wombat Legacy

    Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Unfortunately, that does not sound like the kind of man GT was. I could be wrong.
    Some of you want him as a legend hero, who puts the club and team first> Some want the smart accountant approach.
    Pick your side and stick-he can't be both!
     
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  15. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yep you are wrong. Do you honestly believe that Tooves was just going to throw in the towel and walk away from a club he has been with for 3 decades?? I went to Tooves farewell at Dee Why RSL, he wouldn't have fronted up & mingled with hundreds of Manly fans if he felt humiliated.
     
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    Must have a new sponsor onboard that I don't know about.
    FlLICK pest control
     
  17. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not that there's anything wrong with that!
     
  18. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Nae, naught wrong aboot a team o' tuff footballers cuddlin like wee jessies.
     
  19. Sheikheagle

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    Obviously it's a results driven business and its early in his tenure but Barrett is extremely impressive. May yet be our best signing for 2016.

    Ps. Still miss having Tooves around
     
  20. SeaEagleRock8

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    Och, mon, pass the haggis will ye?
     
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