Trent Barrett’s back: Exiled Manly coach lands a job at rival club
FOX Sports | 16th August 2019
Trent Barrett is back.
After a year in NRL exile, the former Manly coach has landed a new gig at a rival club.
In fact he’s going back to his old gig.
Barrett has signed on to be an assistant to Penrith coach Ivan Cleary from next season, returning to the club he left when the Sea Eagles job came up in 2016.
He was working under Cleary at the Panthers before being snapped up by the Sea Eagles to take the next step in his career.
Barrett coached the Sea Eagles to 13th place that year, 6th place and a qualifying final in 2017, and 15th place last year before being punted by the northern beaches club.
The end of his tenure last season was tumultuous, as reports emerged he had fallen out heavily with some of the club’s highest profile people.
Bizarrely, Manly kept Barrett on their books and paid two head coaches - alongside Des Hasler - until Barrett’s contract expired a month ago.
He copped plenty of criticism last week for publicly trying to claim credit for the Sea Eagles’ success this season under Hasler.
The Panthers are yet to officially announce the signing.