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Anthony Seibold announced as new Manly coach after Des Hasler’s axing

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Anthony Seibold has been confirmed as the man who Manly hope will take the club in a new direction after their controversial season culminated in the departure of Des Hasler.

Seibold has signed a three-year deal at the Sea Eagles, with the former Dally M Coach of the Year finally having an opportunity to restore his reputation in the NRL after a tumultuous spell in charge of Brisbane.

Along with Seibold’s appointment, Manly have confirmed the restructuring of their coaching ranks as Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock have also joined on three-year deals and will provide assistance and support. 

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Seibold’s arrival marks the first time he will have returned to the club since a brief coaching role under Trent Barrett in 2016.

This paved the way for him to build relationships with key members of the Sea Eagles squad and was cited as a reason for why Seibold believes he will be able to get the best out of his roster.

 “Having worked with Tom and Jake Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans in the past, those relationships, plus the potential and talent I see in the current squad, I see there is an opportunity to build and bring some success to the Manly team,” he told Manly Media.

“Manly has a proud history so to get the opportunity to coach the team in 2023 and beyond is fantastic and I’m really humbled and honoured to be the head coach.”

The 48-year-old attributed his time spent away from the pressures of being a head coach as a big reason for his rejuvenation.

He excelled in his role under Eddie Jones within England’s rugby union team, while he also worked as an assistant at Newcastle prior to that.

“One of the things I’m really proud of is the last 16 months going to a different country and a different sport and being able to have some success in a different code, it certainly rounded me as a coach,” he said.

Meanwhile, Manly’s CEO Tony Mestrov highlighted how the appointment of the three new coaches offered a bold new direction for the Sea Eagles. 

“Shane brings a wealth of experience to the club and has a great understanding of the pressure and demands associated with the NRL,” he said. “He will be invaluable to Anthony and the Sea Eagles.

“Jim has an enormous amount of respect across the NRL, both as a former player and as a coach. He knows what needs to be done, having represented NSW, Australia and Tonga.

“Anthony has an incredible knowledge of the game and what is required at the highest level.

“We believe Anthony is the ideal person to lead this very talented and strong playing group to achieve success in the years ahead.

“We welcome Anthony, Shane and Jim to the Sea Eagles. There is plenty of exciting times ahead at Manly.”

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