Manly will part ways with longtime media manager Peter Peters at the end of the National Rugby League season, but the club denies the move was in response to a recent incident involving a female journalist.
Peters was stood down last week after he called Sky News reporter Megan Barnard 'a good sort' as she tried to interview Sea Eagles backrower Glenn Stewart following his judiciary hearing.
The Manly Daily reported on Monday that Peters met Sea Eagles chief operating officer David Perry and chairman and nephew Scott Penn, where a decision to end an association that stretches back to the 1960s was reached.
Perry said Peters' indiscretion involving Barnard was not behind the decision.
Peters refused to be critical of the club's call to show him the door saying he's disappointed to be leaving but he understands the club is going in a different direction.