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Manly threaten police action against media; reports emerge of Trent Barrett agreement

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/11/2018

Trent Barrett, Des Hasler are posing for a picture © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited An angry Manly threatened police action against media gathered at the club’s training headquarters in anticipation of Trent Barrett’s return on Friday.

Acting on reports the former Sea Eagles coach would front so as not to be in breach of contract, channels 9, 10, Fox Sports and The Manly Daily were present at Narrabeen to capture the moment.

But edgy Manly officials ordered the media pack off the premises, warning police would be called to escort them.

In farcical scenes, the media moved away to a nearby athletics track to await Barrett’s predicted arrival.

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But the former Sea Eagles coach never intended turning up, staying well clear of new boss Des Hasler.

It’s understood the club is happy to keep paying Barrett not to front up.

Hasler is desperate for the club to pay Barrett out so as to move on, but a quick resolution doesn’t appear to be on the cards.

Barrett has eight months to serve on his contract after giving the notice to quit.

Reports on Friday afternoon suggested Barrett and Manly have reportedly ended the ongoing impasse to reach an agreement, leaving the club in the hands of Hasler.

The agreement, as reported by The Australian's senior league writer and Sporting News contributor Brent Read, as well as Channel 9's Danny Weidler, will see Barrett paid monthly - pending a settlement.

Additionally, Barrett won't have to report to Manly's Narrabeen base for training, avoiding the awkwardness that would come with Hasler looking after the team.

More to come.

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