Manly owner Scott Penn has declared Des Hasler will coach the club “as long as he wants” amid reports the pride jersey controversy could cost him his job.
The Sea Eagles lost to the Roosters on Thursday night as seven players boycotted the match after refusing to wear a jersey with rainbow colors on it.
The loss saw Manly slip to 10th on the ladder and they now must win their final five games to secure a finals spot.
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Hasler has a clause in contract that requires him to make the finals this season to trigger an extension beyond next year, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Sea Eagles face the Eels, Titans, Sharks, Raiders and Bulldogs in their run to finals.
Manly owner Scott Penn confirmed Hasler performance incentives in his contract but said the veteran coach’s job is safe.
“Des has a contract for as long as he wants, really,” Penn said on Big Sports Breakfast.
“It hasn’t been about putting pressure on or otherwise, the fact is that when Des came back to the club we didn’t… modern day contracts for coaches and players, if you sign a four or five year contract and then you have to have a difficult conversation, it’s a big impose on any club to have to pay out that contract.
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“We all have employment contracts that have three or six month notice (periods) and that hasn’t been the way that coaching contracts have been, they’ve been sort of fixed-term contracts.
“I’m not going to go into details but we have rolling extensions and for Des there are automatic renewals based on performance, it’s a sensible contract really.
“But at the same time, Des is there for as long as he wants to be and as long as he’s performing.”
Hasler guided the Sea Eagles to premierships in 2008 and 2011 and took the club to a top-four finish last season.
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