Advertisement Former Manly hooker and retired cop Charlie Haggett named Sea Eagles new football manager October 28, 2015 - 6:43PM DECENT Former Manly player and retired police officer Charlie Haggett has been appointed the Sea Eagles' new football manager and believes the club is not far from finding the form which saw it reach four grand finals in seven years. A hooker for Manly in the 1980s, Haggett joined the police force and made his way up as a superintendent in the Hunter Valley. He has also worked with the Melbourne Storm this year and always had ambitions of getting back into rugby league in some capacity. "It [working at the Storm] ignited the passion in me to be involved in rugby league again at the highest level and when the opportunity presented at Manly, I couldn't wait to get involved," Haggett said. It's clear Sea Eagles are taking a new direction with the appointment of new coach Trent Barrett in place of Geoff Toovey, something Haggett was eager to be involved with. Asked whether the Sea Eagles had lost their mojo, Haggett said there were solid foundations in place to restore Manly to their former glory days and help them become finals contenders once again. Advertisement "I don't think we're that far off being where they were [in the past]," Haggett said. "This year they had significant injuries at crucial times, but certainly my role is to contribute to the direction the club wants to move in. Obviously being a powerhouse in the NRL is the ultimate goal for anyone, so I'm certainly looking forward to that being achieved." Meanwhile, Warringah Council has passed a motion agreeing to forgive Manly some of the debt it owes them for the hiring of Brookvale Oval, but says until the club pays its money, the Sea Eagles will not play another game of football there. Manly owe Warringah Council $375,000 plus a dollar per ticket which works out to be about another $30,000. The Sea Eagles have failed to pay their rates because they believe the ground hasn't been maintained to proper standards. No discussions will be made about 2016 rates until this season's impasse has been resolved, something Warringah Council would prefer to see happen sooner than later. "They have no agreement to play next year," a council spokesperson said. "They're selling tickets, they're telling everyone they can come to seven games at Brookie but they have no licence to play at Brookie. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars paying out Toovs [coach Geoff Toovey] and everything else, but they wont pay the community for the use of a community facility. It should be seen as an olive branch - we want them to play next year, we want to break this impasse and hopefully it will work." Manly officials say the club has not been informed of the decision made at a council meeting on Tuesday evening. "We're waiting on contact from the council," a Manly spokesperson said. "We're not in position to make any comments until we have received something formally."