Des Hasler's blunt response to Manly legend over axing remarks

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Pictured here, Manly coach Des Hasler speaks to reporters at a Sea Eagles press conference.
Manly coach Des Hasler has hit back at suggestions from Sea Eagles great Max Krilich that his time at the club is up. Pic: Getty

If you can't be there for the bad times, don’t come to me in the good times.

That appeared to be the message Des Hasler was sending former club skipper Max Krilich as the Manly coach responded to claims he'd reached his expiry date at Brookvale.

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Krilich set a cat among the Sea Eagles during the week when he told the Daily Telegraph: "To be very honest I think he’s (Hasler) probably had his time, not that it’s for me to say or decide. Others can judge that.

"I’m saying the club might need refreshing. He's been a very astute coach but some of the tactics of late look a bit stale to me.

"I don’t like bagging Des because he’s done some terrific stuff for Manly over a long period of time.

"But everyone has their day in the office and his time might be up."

Hasler is not going anywhere for now, preparing to bat on in 2023 with a view to coaching Manly beyond that point.

That's despite the Sea Eagles' abysmal finish to their 2022 campaign, with five consecutive losses ending their finals hopes as they prepare to meet a desperate Canberra at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

Des Hasler confident Manly will 'come through' bad spell

Asked about Krilich's criticism, Hasler said: "It's just another one… line up. Those things are going to be rolled out.

"Max is entitled to his opinion – he's a good fella – but 12 months ago I'm sure Max was pretty excited about the way the side was going and where the club's headed.

"I can let Max know clubs go through difficult times. We'll come through this and we’ll be okay.

"It (the criticism) is part of the job. You just roll with it, get on with it and know how to fix it."

Seen here, Manly coach Des Hasler looks on at a Sea Eagles press conference.
Des Hasler's future as Manly coach has come under question after the club's worrying late season collapse. Pic: Getty

Hasler insists it's the club's huge injury toll and not lingering drama over the rainbow jersey fiasco that has sabotaged Manly's season.

"I've outlined logical causes and where the problem is…(it's) not being able to field your best side," he said.

"But the losses aren’t acceptable."

Unless they can beat Canberra or Canterbury over the closing two rounds, Manly will finish the season just one defeat away from equalling the club's worst-ever losing streak.

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