NRL: Manly coach Trent Barrett is expected to quit the NRL club, following another poor season.
It is understood Barrett has resigned and will finish up at the end of the season.
There is expected to be a formal announcement today.
It is the latest movement in the code’s coaching merry-go-round, with former Penrith assistant Barrett now in the box seat* to replace the sacked Anthony Griffin at the Panthers.
AFL: St Kilda is preparing for a major off-season shake-up with its football director set to resign, rumours the chairman will step down and major changes in the coaching and recruitment departments.
The Herald Sun has reported Saints football director Andrew Thompson is ready to move on and that retired stars Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna have been recently sounded out about returning to assist the club.
As St Kilda reviews every facet of its failing football program, former Carlton coach and Hawthorn assistant Brett Ratten is firming to join Alan Richardson’s coaching team in 2019.
In other Saints news, veteran Nathan Brown will miss start of the 2019 season after he was slapped with a three-game ban for rough conduct against Bomber Adam Saad by the AFL tribunal.
FORMULA ONE: Double world champion Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula One at the end of the season, he has announced.
The 37-year-old Spaniard is competing in his 17th F1 season and his fifth with McLaren, and has been widely tipped to race in the Indianapolis 500 next year as he attempts to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
Alonso, a double Monaco Grand Prix winner, won the Le Mans 24 Hours on his debut with Toyota in June this year and is currently ninth in the F1 drivers’ championship standings*.
“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” Alonso said.
merry-go-round: constant movement
box seat: front position
1. Which NRL team does Trent Barrett coach?
2. Name the retired on-field stars St Kilda is sounding out for assistant roles.
3. Which races make up the triple crown that Fernando Alonso is thought to be chasing?
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