OPINION: The Manly board has to explain this to fans 7 OCT 11 @ 06:00PM BY LUKE MCILVEEN, EDITOR The final straw for Hasler was the appalling handling of the sacking of Peter Peters. THE sacking of Peter Peters is not the only reason Des Hasler is set to walk out on Manly - but it was certainly the catalyst. The huge pay rise presented by the Bulldogs cannot be matched by the Sea Eagles, but the loyalty he has to the maroon and white has been sorely tested over the past year. The Manly board huffed and puffed about keeping Dessie for life - but nobody bothered to hand him a pen and a contract. Hasler asked the board repeatedly to extend his contract beyond 2014, but for reasons best known to themselves they put him off. When Zorba was shown the door, the decision was taken out of their hands. Put simply, the relationship between Hasler and the board - particularly COO David Perry and chairman Bob Reilly - became toxic in the aftermath of â€œSortgateâ€. I have it on good authority that when one board member was warned that Des would walk, he simply replied: â€œNobodyâ€™s irreplaceable.â€ Really? There are more than a few Manly fans who would disagree today. The club has been split down the middle, with Hasler running the football operations completely separate to the front office. Senior players have barely uttered a word to club bosses since Zorba was stood down over his infamous â€œgood sortâ€ remark following Glenn Stewartâ€™s appearance at the NRL judiciary. The bumbling fashion in which the club chose to handle the Zorba sacking forced Hasler to take time away from his players to engage in a political bunfight within the club. He declared it was either him or Perry and Reilly. The last straw for Hasler was when Reilly was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald last week as saying there was no problem between them. That was news to Des. So whoâ€™s to blame? In my view, itâ€™s not Des Hasler. This is not a case of a coach secretly sniffing around for extra cash using his latest premiership as leverage. He gave them every opportunity to secure his services for at least another three years. The responsibility rests with the board, who took the second-best coach in the game for granted and must now explain their thinking to the fans.