Trent Barrett (right) has reportedly resigned as coach of Manly.
Trent Barrett (right) has reportedly resigned as coach of Manly.

Barrett: ‘I apologise, it’s out of my hands’

TRENT Barrett has refused to reveal his future at Manly, citing legal reasons but hinting an announcement could be made as early as Thursday afternoon.

It was reported earlier this week that Barrett had already resigned from his role and would walk away from the Sea Eagles as soon as the current season ended.

He refused to deny those reports when fronting media on Thursday, breaking his silence on the bombshell that will leave the northern beaches club without a coach.

Barrett was visibly frustrated that he'd been instructed not to speak specifically about the matter, but reading between the lines it appeared the reports were most likely correct.

"For legal reasons I can't answer those sort of questions today," Barrett said.

"I would certainly like to be able to. That time will come but today's not going to be the day.

"(Club chief executive) Lyall (Gorman) is probably the one to answer these questions for you.

"Out of respect for the club I don't want to sit here and say too much today, and I have been told by the club, the legalities around it all, that I won't be commenting on it."

Contracted to the club for a further two seasons, Barrett said that was how it stood at the moment.

Asked if he would be coaching the Sea Eagles in 2019, he answered; "Yes, as I stand here today (I will be)".

Barrett admits he is frustrated about being gagged by legalities, but hopes to clear the air sooner rather than later.

"Hopefully this afternoon, tomorrow … I'm not sure," he said.

"I would like it out in the open and so would the club, but I understand the club has got a lot of loose ends to tie up and a lot of people to look after.

"The last thing I want to do is hurt the club.

"I haven't enjoyed the last few days. The sooner we can all get some clarity on it I can tell you all."

Surprisingly, Barrett said he hadn't been in contact with any other rugby league club about a potential job.

That's despite reports Penrith has been speaking to its former assistant coach about returning to the club.

"I haven't spoken to anyone. It's a delicate situation. I want to be a head coach for a long time and that's something I will consider when we clear up a few things here," Barrett said.

Barrett used his media appearance to apologise to Manly fans, who have been kept in the dark about their coach's future.

A bizarre press release issued by the club on Wednesday made things only more confusing.

"I understand their frustrations," he said.

"I apologise. It's out of my hands, to be honest, and you have to understand I can't say anything at this minute.

"It will become clearer when we do."

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