Hiring Shane Flanagan as an assistant coach is each the “smartest” and “dumbest” factor Manly might do, in accordance with NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent.
After Des Hasler was sacked as head coach final 12 months, the Sea Eagles assembled a brand new teaching workers with former Broncos head honcho Anthony Seibold getting the highest job and Flanagan and Jim Dymock introduced in as assistants.
It’s Seibold’s first alternative as a head coach since his dramatic fall from grace in Brisbane in 2020 the place he was proven the door lower than two seasons into his five-year deal.
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Talking on NRL 360, Information Corp journalist Michael Carayannis credited Seibold for turning Manly’s misfortune’s round.
The Sea Eagles completed eleventh and there have been rumours of fractures within the taking part in group following the Delight jersey saga. However beneath Seibold, they received the Pre-season Problem and their first sport of the season.
“That membership was in a little bit of a gap on the again finish of final 12 months. He’s galvanised the group and introduced them collectively,” Carayannis stated.
“He’s surrounded himself with good folks as effectively, I feel that’s helped, having some senior assistants that may take the warmth off and when he’s going a bit too far out they’ll carry him in.
“Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock are very a lot folks individuals and relatable to the gamers so I feel it’s an excellent teaching group.”
Nevertheless Kent believes Manly “100 per cent ought to have” made Flanagan the top coach, declaring: “He’s way more certified than Seibold to be a head coach. Seibold can coach, however he’s received a greater credentialed assistant there to assist him by means of.”
Kent additionally stated “the neatest factor Manly did can be the dumbest factor they did,” referring to the appointment of Flanagan as an assistant.
“He’ll sit there and when Anthony Seibold begins to make errors, Shane Flanagan will say ‘grasp on that is the best way we have to go’,” Kent added.
“Shane Flanagan is a head coach wherever else, he’s greater than able to being a head coach and Seibold moist the mattress when he was in Brisbane. When it begins to occur right here, he’s received Flanagan there, who’s going to be the bloke he leans on.
“Everybody overlooks what Shane Flanagan did. He took over a membership that completed 14th and took it to a premiership when he was answerable for operating the roster, the wage cap — the entire geese guts. There was no Phil Gould overlooking something, he ran the whole thing.
“He’s now at Manly as an assistant coach — that’s such a blessing for a bloke like Seibold.”
Seibold is thought for having the ability to speak the speak, however he was finally caught out at Pink Hill for not having the ability to stroll the stroll.
Fox League’s James Hooper believes Seibold has “achieved a extremely good job making an attempt to reinvent himself” and revealed he’s simplified his teaching.
“I feel he has pulled the X’s and O’s again a little bit bit and by way of the crew conferences and knowledge being given — I don’t assume it’s wherever close to the extent that it was when issues went pear-shaped on the Broncos.”
However Kent isn’t so satisfied.
“He’s received all of the solutions,” he stated.
“A weekend at Harvard doesn’t make you a professor.
“Good luck to Anthony Seibold, the gamers are responding to him, I feel he’s blessed with a extremely good roster that he’s inherited and I feel Manly are in actually good condition.”
Initially revealed as ‘Needs to be the coach’: Why hiring Flanagan is ‘the neatest factor Manly did and likewise the dumbest’