Manly Sea Eagles announce Anthony Seibold as new head coach, confirm assistants

Anthony Seibold admits he ‘failed’ in his last stint as NRL head coach but is keen to get to work at Manly and prove people wrong.

Manly finally confirmed Seibold’s appointment as the club’s new head coach on a three-year deal, starting immediately.

The club also confirmed the signings of Shane Flanagan and Jim Dymock as assistant coaches, in a press release issued on Tuesday.

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“It’s time to go home,” Seibold told 9News in an exclusive England interview.

“I feel very humbled (to coach Manly).”

Seibold worked at Manly as an assistant in 2016 before moving to South Sydney.

He was the Rabbitohs head coach in 2018 and named Coach of the Year, then jumped to Brisbane in a highly controversial move that forced Wayne Bennett to be ousted by the Broncos.

Seibold’s tenure with the Broncos was disastrous, and he parted ways with the club less than halfway through a five-year contract.

“I believe I’m a good coach, I’ve shown that throughout my career,” Seibold said.

“But I also failed. And I think I learned a lot from chess.

“I’ve made decisions that I potentially wouldn’t make again, but we’re all human.

“I think one of my biggest strengths is building relationships with the players, and I didn’t quite get it (in Brisbane) for some reason.

“I always thought I would get another opportunity, I didn’t know where it would be.”

Seibold’s exit from Brisbane was messy to say the least.

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He was the victim of a vile trolling on social networks and appealed to the police to find the culprits.

Nonetheless, he had no qualms about taking up one of the most pressured and ruthless jobs in the sport.

“The easiest thing after being knocked down on the canvas would be to give coaching,” he said.

“But I’m going (to Manly) with a lot of optimism, and I wouldn’t go if I didn’t think I could bring something to the group of players.”

He has since worked with the England rugby team under Eddie Jones.

“Anthony has an incredible knowledge of the game and what is required at the highest level,” said Manly boss Tony Mestrov.

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