There is a significant difference between having Foran take the 5/8 role and forcing Schuster into a bench position to Foran receiving advice from Johns who was not playing for Manly and tutored DCE and Foran from the side lines.
I'm not suggesting Foran cant give advice and he probably will. No doubt Des, a former 5/8, has also given advice for a few years now. Maybe even Cliffy has had a word or two to Schuster. But that's no where near the same as someone coming into the squad and taking a role, Schuster has been preparing for, for several years and has stayed at Manly for this specific reason.
Jamie Lyon was Manly's 5/8 before Foran came along and unlike Foran today, still had years left in him. Yet he was moved to centre to accommodate Foran's arrival, when he was only 19, which coincidentally is Schuster's age. And Schuster has somewhat more junior recognition than Foran had, before he started first grade and he also has captained junior sides.
Foran was a top class player when he was at Manly, but its easy to forget that, though still talented, he is not the player he was. He could be inspirational as dummy half and no doubt will assist Schuster. But that's a far stretch from taking his place on the field.
As for not having a champion side around him, it is all the more reason Manly gets the most talented kids on the field, which was one of the major complaints most on these sites had last year. No surprise when Des started promoting them late in the year, that the team began to show more attacking flair. It was the juniors that did that, not the older brigade. Experience is important, but youth is needed for vitality, speed, and more initiative. Players like Schuster offer that and he, more than any junior in our squad must be on the field in a play makers role.
2011 premiership?Mate....not sure I'd mention Johns as the mentor for Foran
We all know what Johns brought to the club to influence Foz.....