1 Des Hasler
Could Des Hasler, a favourite son and Premiership-winning coach at the club return to where it all began?
Hasler's coaching career kicked into first gear during his stint with the Sea Eagles from 2004 to 2011 before departing to take up a lucrative deal with the Bulldogs and while he left on sour terms and words were spoken on both sides in the wake of the move, given their current mire, the ownership and management of club could see the return of Des as a return to a stronger culture.
There are the obvious risks associated with bringing Hasler in, most notably the devastating salary cap mess he has left at both clubs he has coached, but in the right frame and with just enough control to turn things around on the field, Des Hasler could just be the right man to take charge of a middling playing roster and start the long rebuilding process.
Hasler has a 58.2% winning record as a coach in the NRL according to rugbyleagueproject.com and a slightly better record, 59.2% while in charge of the Sea Eagles, so despite the clear concerns, he is a proven coach at this level.
2 Geoff Toovey
Another in the mould of 'club legend returning,' Geoff Toovey's career resurrection at Manly could be the perfect end to a disappointing story on both sides.
Management termed it a 'results-driven business' when they sacked Toovey at the end of the 2015 season, but with results taking a significant nose-dive since his time there, the former club legend could be the perfect man to come in and turn things around at Brookvale.
Toovey's three years at the club saw him notch a 58.1% win-rate and stands now as a reminder of how strong the northern beaches club has been this millennium.
Should the Sea Eagles seek out a strong-willed, tough-talker to shape up their under-performing roster, they could do worse than a return to the hard taskmaster Toovey.
3 Michael Maguire
Michael Maguire, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs coach seems to be the go-to name when linking coaches to jobs for 2019 right now and it's not hard to see why.
Anthony Seibold's Redfern Revolution may have taken the gloss off Maguire's time with the club but there's little doubt he's a solid NRL-level coach and capable of coming in and steering a club through tricky times.
Maguire is currently in charge of the New Zealand national team but there's every indication he'd be ready to step straight back into an NRL gig at the first chance and Manly could see him as the perfect foil to the untested Trent Barrett who has not managed to get the best out of their playing group in three seasons.
The big question mark on Maguire is whether or not he'd be happy to step into a club situation like the one at Manly where there are plenty of things up in the air or if he has his eye on another gig.
4 Laurie Daley
The former New South Wales Blues coach was reportedly in the running for the Manly coaching job when they sacked Geoff Toovey and while he lost out to Trent Barrett, he still has plenty of fans on the northern beaches.
Daley has no NRL coaching experience but has plenty of rep coaching under his belt having spent time in charge of New South Wales, Country and the Indigenous All-Stars over the years and he'd likely be keen to impress himself upon the league.
By far the biggest gamble on the list, Daley represents a bit of an unknown when it comes to the weekly grind of coaching in the NRL but his fresh approach could change things up significantly amongst a playing group which seems stale and ready for change.
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