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The Manly Sea Eagles’ family tree doesn’t paint a pretty picture

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by tookey, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,788 /186
    A FRACTURED Manly rugby league team will take to the field against the Canterbury Bulldogs tonight in a climate of hatred, hostility and shattered friendships.

    When the Sea Eagles’ star forward Anthony Watmough pummelled his teammate Daly Cherry-Evans during a State of Origin match earlier this year, the tensions that had been simmering below the surface erupted into all-out war.

    Watmough had told his Blues teammates that Cherry-Evans was vulnerable to sledging and on-field heckling. The young halfback was unfairly targeted by Watmough during the match and the big Manly forward was penalised for it.

    The bitterness between the pair had come about because Cherry-Evans was seen as the new golden-haired boy by Manly coach Geoff Toovey. The coach offered the young star a new, improved contract and the simmering tensions erupted into an all-out split within the player ranks. Deep divisions over player salaries, and retention, were the crux of the problem.

    Resentment towards Cherry-Evans went beyond money, too. Watmough did not like the media attention the young star received. He disliked even more that the halfback handled it with maturity and aplomb, something the forward had not managed to do in his troubled off-field career at the club.

    His friends, the Stewart brothers — Glenn and Brett — are at the heart of all that is good and bad about the Sea Eagles. Prodigiously talented on the one hand, deeply divisive on the other, these two believe they represent the soul of the Sea Eagles.

    While there is no doubt they have led the player group to become a consistently winning outfit in recent years, they have also put themselves above the club in 2015.

    The Stewarts, and Watmough, will tell you they are the main reason the club has been successful. In short, they claim that without them the club will disintegrate.

    Brett’s big brother Glenn’s release to Souths has caused such a furore at the club that the festering sore has become a full blown boil in recent months. The Stewarts have refused to put it behind them, instead opting to continue to agitate behind the scenes about the alleged injustice of Glenn’s release.

    Things are so bad that none of the terrible trio speaks to Cherry-Evans.

    Manly is a club that has been split on all levels for six years. A completely shambolic board has been reduced to two warring groups that no longer communicate with each other. The inability of the board to create a harmonious environment for the football department has led to splits in the player ranks, back biting and a gang of elite players who believe they run the place.

    If not for the courage and tenacity of coach Geoff Toovey, Manly’s premiership quest would have imploded months ago. Toovey has somehow managed to keep it together enough to consistently produce winning results despite what goes on around the training paddock.

    Toovey faces the toughest decision of his career. Does he let Watmough and Brett Stewart follow Glenn out the door in 2015 or does he enforce their contracts?

    Bear in mind, this drama continues to be played out in September, when Manly is still, miraculously, a chance of playing in a grand final. In a deliciously ironic twist, the Sea Eagles tonight take on former coach Des Hasler who controversially left Manly hanging when he walked out the door to the Bulldogs.

    Hasler knows only too well not to underestimate a team which has made a habit of adopting a siege mentality, even if the siege has been one of their own creation. He must find the new look Bulldogs a breath of fresh air when he reads about the detritus floating about at his old club.

    League boss Dave Smith has made a lot of noise about fixing a coterie of troubled clubs within the NRL. So far, he has refused to face head-on the issues at Manly but surely the time must be nigh for a serious intervention.

    If Toovey can coach this team to a preliminary final next week against Souths, he deserves all accolades. Facing adversity from all directions, he is a tough little campaigner but fractured teams are not in the habit of winning big, big matches.

    Glenn Stewart and his faction will have a lot to answer for tonight if Manly bows out. When he reflects on his behaviour in recent months, Stewart might realise that professional football does not allow any player to exist above the realities of the salary cap, no matter how irreplaceable they deem themselves to be.

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    • globaleagle

      globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +13,310 /117
      Goodness, that's some mindless drivel.
    • Sillybus

      Sillybus Well-Known Member

      +362 /22
      The prelim is against pemwif.. and **** I hate the media
    • Big Pete C Eagle

      Big Pete C Eagle Member

      +9 /0
      Great article Tookey.

      The salary cap is stuffing clubs. I wrote this in a previous thread I did but it was mixed in with other.
      Again (I quote), what Manchester United's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson always spoke - "No one is bigger than The Club".

      It hurts to think of matters the way they are. I dont really know the gap in payments or contracts at MWRLFC, but if Jason King (due to ongoing injuries) had announced earlier his intentions, maybe just maybe - Glenn "Gifty" Stewart might not have had to leave the Manly club.

      Daly Cherry-Evans is the future of our club.
      He is The King Wally or Alfie Langer of us and they need to build around him.
      Manly cant have players dictating the terms and if those players become trouble makers, then it is high time for them to go.

      However, The Board and ownership is another crack that needs repairing.
      The blemish in the "woodwork" is getting wider.

      Cheers and GO MANLY.
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      • Rex

        Rex Well-Known Member

        +2,376 /60
        Talent is absolutely vital, but team spirit is paramount.

        Divisive players, no matter how talented, need to be shown the door.

        And good luck to clubs that take them. They'll likely be divisive there too.
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        • NYEagle

          NYEagle Well-Known Member

          +1,400 /84
          I can't stand this **** any more.
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          • SeaEagleRock8

            SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +10,538 /214
            How fortunate for us that this fearless journo with an eye for detail and impeccable sources has finally told us what is really happening at our club.

            (Unless it's just the jealous Manly/Stewart-hating rumour-monger Rebecca Wilson...)
          • Red Pill

            Red Pill Optimist & Troll Inquisitor

            +434 /16
            This story really sums up the plight and desperation of newspapers. If anything is on its last legs or at an end of an era is the importance of newspapers!
            There is simply a target market of identified readers who would love nothing more to read about the pending doom at Manly.
            Whether there is truth in it or not it seems the Newspapers especially the Telegraph are going to find a way to cater for it.
            On the opposite side of the spectrum was a story in the SMH about Parramatta aiming to win 2 premierships by 2020. I rest my case!
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            • HappilyManly

              HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +19,022 /367
              The only thing not factual in that article is that Smith has any jurisdiction over a Private Company Board :cool:

              Lets Go Manly, its game night :exclamation:
            • Berkeley_Eagle

              Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

              +2,125 /14
              Who wrote that shirt
            • COMMANDER


              +2,412 /121
              You can only give so much credence to this mindset; we won the vast majority of games we played after Glenn was signed by Souths.
            • the mauler

              the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +1,886 /30
              Bourbon Beck has fallen off the wagon again. She's a nasty piece of s...
            • Hamster Huey

              Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

              +1,178 /9
              "Why won't you tell me what that means!!!!"

            • Mavin

              Mavin Well-Known Member

              +929 /43
              I'm not a fan of the media but I can't complain about the article.
            • Brissie Kid

              Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

              +1,176 /19
              Smith should intervene in a spat (possibly an imagined spat) between players? Really?

              The salary cap and age is what is breaking up Manly.
            • Shoe1

              Shoe1 Well-Known Member

              +7,201 /105
              Good read, thanks
            • mozgrame

              mozgrame Well-Known Member

              +5,118 /51
              Crap and corruption. I won't believe a word of it until one of the players admits it on twitter.
            • sheridanstand78

              sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

              +4,863 /73
              Ah Bourbon Becky, we have missed you, NOT!!

              Just another piece of News filth written by their trashiest hacker. No one at Manly will ever talk to you again after what you wrote about our club during the Stewart problems.

              Your opinion means ZERO!!
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              • Bomack44

                Bomack44 Active Member

                +102 /1
                She always go after the Stewart brothers because they made her old flame (DG) look stupid after 2009 and 2011.
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                • Garts

                  Garts Well-Known Member

                  +843 /25
                  I have no issue with the article. The majority is probably true, as much as we would like it not to be.

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