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Colman’s call: whispers that manly “let the wrong half go” grow louder as dce and sea eagles struggl

lsz

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IT’S way too early after just two rounds to put the red line through any team — well, OK, maybe Newcastle — but seriously, how bad is Manly?

On Monday morning there was no shortage of sympathy for Nathan Brown given the Knights woeful performance against Souths, but 24 hours later I reckon Trent Barrett would have gladly swapped places with him.

The difference being, of course, that nobody expected anything of Newcastle. Brownie was on a hiding to nothing the day he signed on, but the Sea Eagles?

For some reason people – and not just those people who wander around Warringah Mall in maroon and white beanies – seemed to think Manly were serious contenders before the season started.

So serious, in fact, that UBET had them as $8 equal second favourite alongside the Cowboys, behind only the Broncos at $4.25.

The Tigers, who walloped them on Monday night, were at $101, and the Bulldogs, who dusted them 28-6 in round one, were at $12.

The form that the Sea Eagles have shown in their first two games (or should that read lack of form?) has seen the market adjust accordingly.

They are now at $17 with an anchor, but the question still remains: why did anyone think they were any good in the first place?

Forget the glowing pre-season media reports of how they had been magically put back together like a Meccano set.

They’ve got an untried coach, two no-name hookers, a winger at five-eighth, their two genuine stars Jamie Lyon and Brett Stewart are on the wrong side of 30 and the whispers that they “let the wrong half go” are becoming a roar.

Even on one leg Kieren Foran was solid and assured in the Eels upset win over the premiers on Saturday.

Without Foran beside him at Brookvale Oval on Monday night, Daly Cherry-Evans looked like he was lost in the mirror maze at the old Manly Fun Pier.


And he wasn’t having fun.

Neither were the Manly supporters who watched on aghast as he squandered their team’s last hope of snatching a win from the fire by pulling a page from the Under-8s playbook and passing to a prop on the sixth tackle.

You could almost hear the sighs of relief from the Titans boardroom.

If Cherry-Evans hadn’t succumbed to pressure from Manly and had a change of heart, the Titans would have thrown every cent they had and then some to get him to the Coast.

Right now it looks like they might have dodged a bullet.

There’s little doubt Manly will improve as the season progresses — they invariably do — but early signs are that their fans, and particularly their coach, are in for some tough times.

Sacking a club legend to bring in an untried coach who never wore the club colours was always going to be risky.

Banging the PR drum to say what a brilliant move it had been, even before the season kicked off, was only going to raise the stakes.

And now Trent Barrett and co are chasing their tails after only two games.

At least Nathan Brown will be happy. It takes some of the pressure off him.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/colmans-call-whispers-that-manly-let-the-wrong-half-go-grow-louder-as-dce-and-sea-eagles-struggle/news-story/9000d49e06ecf61a6ce15d6e2f8f46f6
 

KeithSheldon

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DCE has two bad games, Foran manages to hobble out one game on his destroyed hammy and makes one decent play that whole night and suddenly it's 'OH MNALY LET GO FO DA RONG HALV!!!!111 DCE FICKEN SUXZ AND WIL NEVA PLAY A GUD GAEM AGANE!'

Like seriously did I watch a different Parramatta game? Because in the one I watched Foran had very little impact at all. The fact that Foran is a week to week proposition just shows that we made the right choice. I would rather have an under-performing DCE then a constantly injured Foran.
 

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Coleman is an idiot!
Under 8 reporter knows that we played at Leichhardt and not Brookvale:finger:

Chez is getting all the motivation to kickstart our season :)

Are the Rorters are invisible to him.:rolleyes:
 
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lsz

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How QLD papers treat him?

We have a thread called "Bye 10 Million dollar Man" in our own damned forum.

Just read some of the mad dribble in that and see how some manly fans are treating him.
This was more a comment on how they treated him during the whole back flip time
 

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Twins separated at birth?images.jpg images-1.jpg
 

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Im sick of hearing about dce this dce that , dce is on to much money to worry about footy . F... me dead im sick of the bashing of him already . He played his best f...... football when that f...... sook foran was out injured or sooking . I wouldnt change dce for any other half in the comp, and cant wait till he rubs all the knockers faces in it. Its only time and u dont keep champs down.
 

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If you watched Foran in the tails end of last season he didnt want to play at Manly and with Toovey as coach . People can say what they want we didnt let him go he wanted to move on end of subject .
 

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Coleman obviously having SOO withdrawal symptoms so needing to start his DCE bashing early - the guy is a fool
 

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I'm sure it's just me, but 1921/22 seems like a long time ago doesn't it? lol
I remember mentioning this at the North Sydney Leagues club. I was 18 at the time and went with my boss who was a Bears supporter. We were sitting at a table with a lot of other Bears supporters. Suffice to say my comment went down like a lead balloon and nobody shouted me a beer.
 

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I don't know. Is Coleman Jewish too? He looks vaguely Semitic...not that there is anything wrong with that.
I'm sure many Jewish people would disagree. I think Coleman is from some subspecies that includes such luminaries as Masters, Ryan, Rothfield and Hitler.
 

Terry Zarsoff

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I've never picked up on Coleman hating Manly. I remember when he was based in Sydney. He seemed pretty balanced in his reporting.
 

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Don't Queenslanders go on and on about loyalty being one of their hallmarks?

I guess it only works one way.
 

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I remember mentioning this at the North Sydney Leagues club. I was 18 at the time and went with my boss who was a Bears supporter. We were sitting at a table with a lot of other Bears supporters. Suffice to say my comment went down like a lead balloon and nobody shouted me a beer.
I'd have shouted you several! Haha! What a boring night you must have had. Sitting at a table full of sooks, and knowing one of them controlled your next paycheque.
 

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