The Manly backrower Anthony Watmough has criticised club officials for allowing the club's National Rugby League premiership win to be overshadowed by events off the field.
Des Hasler has been stood down from his head coaching role by the Sea Eagles for an alleged serious breach of contract amid speculation he was enticing players and staff to follow him to Canterbury in 2013.
But Watmough insists the club will always be bigger than the coach and players will stay.
Watmough says the culture of the club wouldn't change if Hasler wasn't there next season.
He says while Hasler is a great coach he didn't make the club what it is.