Look into my eyes....
- Sep 16, 2010
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I agree that Cherry is not going to suddenly become the game manager we all want, his skill set lays elsewhere. Given that, I also agree that $1.25m is too much; however, he is an elite player in the current competition. That is why he is the QLD and Aus half-back. Supply and demand principles are at play here. Probably only Cleary could rightfully get those dollars as a complete halfback. Keary and Munster are 5/8's and would be up there with Cleary. That is it. DCE is ahead of the other halves in the competition. The halves are vital to any team, without a good one you have no chance. We have one of the few good ones. Look at the money Hunt is on, or Milford, or Brookes - all way over paid because the demand is high and the supply is low.These are negotistion issues rather than a conversation about ability. Still relevant.
You have bought up and intersting point about cap balance.the last time we were successful was when we had a balanced halves pairing providing the necessary game to be contenders
The question i pose is how we afford that without weakening other components. The biggest cut to the bottom line i see is in cherries contract, because he wont achieve the results we want unless others are shaping the game. And he hasnt lived up to those lofty heights in years, if ever
We were happy to let go of AFB even though he is one of the best props . While he requested it , we were happy to get his salary off the books to get aoli , foran , and a bit of fat tonspread round
I do agree that being able to knock off $300k from his salary and re-distributing that would be a big help. The club should be looking to work with Daly's manager and encouraging third party sponsorships to offset that amount. Daly is the QLD captain, well spoken and well presented - surely sponsors would be interested. This is where the club needs to lift its game. They need to make Manly's brand attractive, which is why the off field crap that seems to follow this club has to stop.
It isn't an easy one, and this is where the CEO and his management team need to prove their worth and get creative. DCE isn't going to give up coin, but there is an opportunity to 're-finance' so to speak. We need DCE, and we need cap balance - so now we need the people with the ingenuity to make that happen.