Manase Fainu - Discussion

Bencher
Don 't think that Manly are doing that bad in drawing a reasonable proportion of former players back into the fold so to speak from the past 15 years or so . Beaver very actively involved , Mark Bryant generally around the scene . Snake , Ballin and Monas some recent involvement , . jason King was in the background a bit ? A lot of ex players from all clubs just simply go and move else where or return to the regions or areas they originally came from but no big deal and good that the club is now trying to put some focus on the Manly heritage and proud history type perspective . Shame that Phil Blake did have to part ways with Manly , guess that the club just preferred to go with guys like Hasler , ,Mitchell Cox , Cliffy and Tony Melrose to get them top billing again . Think that even Michael Blake eventually moved onto Souths for a brief time but only think .
Yes that’s correct. Phil and Michael both went to souths for a while before Phil moved to norths, Canberra and st g and even Auckland before one last pre season with manly in 1998 or 99 but he didn’t end playing that year.

Yeah we do a pretty good job of getting ex players involved.
 
Feast yer eyes ..
Manly. I did a job for the mother of the Blake brothers and that was her opinion.
Of course mums will be protective of the interests of their kids but I don't really doubt it, also I'm sure all clubs are similar. Ruthless decisions made all the time in professional sport, can't knock it actually but it does give the lie to fantasies about clubs lovingly tending to their own. Teammates will usually form very strong bonds, but bonds with 'clubs' (businesses) are less common. For example, there's not too many of our recent golden generation still actively involved with the club. The organisation is poorer for it.

Can't agree entirely with this .. there was usually an incident or attitude that would make a local junior fall out with the club back in the day (70's) ..

times have changed .. and it started with the demise of the volunteers .. the strappers, the massuers, the selectors, the team managers, the gear steward and a dozen other ex-players were all unpaid volunteers ... the dressing rooms were full of "lifetime clubmen" .. many legendary names .. giving friendly helpful advice and tough love when needed... and doing it for nothing .. just giving back.

Now all those roles are taken by professional careerists .. and they are simply doing a job.

The old ways weren't perfect .. personalities played a big role ... but it was much more like family .. and even the best families have bust ups.
 
First Grader
Manly. I did a job for the mother of the Blake brothers and that was her opinion.
Of course mums will be protective of the interests of their kids but I don't really doubt it, also I'm sure all clubs are similar. Ruthless decisions made all the time in professional sport, can't knock it actually but it does give the lie to fantasies about clubs lovingly tending to their own. Teammates will usually form very strong bonds, but bonds with 'clubs' (businesses) are less common. For example, there's not too many of our recent golden generation still actively involved with the club. The organisation is poorer for it.
Yes Blake’s mother had a ‘weed on’ with Manly for years. I’ve heard that from another source.
 
Grizzly old fart
Blakey is still attending games, and was even spoken about as a potential assistant coach recently.


Which Blakey, Shoe1. Michael or Phil. I know Phil has had a quite successful coaching career with Manly union, Wallabies and a little League coaching. Apparently quite well respected. Always had a soft spot for Phil. Natural athlete that one. And apparently has a quite shrewd football brain.
 
Which Blakey, Shoe1. Michael or Phil. I know Phil has had a quite successful coaching career with Manly union, Wallabies and a little League coaching. Apparently quite well respected. Always had a soft spot for Phil. Natural athlete that one. And apparently has a quite shrewd football brain.
Phil is off to Queensland as Assistant Coach of the Reds next season. Yes definitely a good football brain.
 
Bencher
Don 't think that Manly are doing that bad in drawing a reasonable proportion of former players back into the fold so to speak from the past 15 years or so . Beaver very actively involved , Mark Bryant generally around the scene . Snake , Ballin and Monas some recent involvement , . jason King was in the background a bit ? A lot of ex players from all clubs just simply go and move else where or return to the regions or areas they originally came from but no big deal and good that the club is now trying to put some focus on the Manly heritage and proud history type perspective . Shame that Phil Blake did have to part ways with Manly , guess that the club just preferred to go with guys like Hasler , ,Mitchell Cox , Cliffy and Tony Melrose to get them top billing again . Think that even Michael Blake eventually moved onto Souths for a brief time but only think .
Yes that’s correct. Phil and Michael both went to souths for a while before Phil moved to norths, Canberra and st g and even Auckland before one last pre season with manly in 1998 or 99 but he didn’t end playing that year.

Yeah we do a pretty good job of getting ex players involved.
 
Journey Man
Which Blakey, Shoe1. Michael or Phil. I know Phil has had a quite successful coaching career with Manly union, Wallabies and a little League coaching. Apparently quite well respected. Always had a soft spot for Phil. Natural athlete that one. And apparently has a quite shrewd football brain.
Phil, I saw him at games in 2021 (missed him in 2022 but I bet he was in new stand areas). The coaching rumour was after Barrett chopped but before Des was reappointed. He was interviewed in the manly daily, flattered that his name was being mentioned but felt his work was probably in union these days.
 

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