AFTER a week of off-field turmoil chief executive Tim Cleary says the Sea Eagles have silenced the critics following their 30-8 thrashing of the Cowboys on the weekend in Townsville.
And the new Manly boss, who copped plenty of heat when the club’s internal ructions became public last week, has been buoyed after now seen the Sea Eagles’ famous siege mentality when their backs are to the wall.
“I witnessed it first hand, I was in the dressing room before the match, after the match and caught the team bus home with them — there is a lot feeling in the team and the club,” Cleary said.
“The real action is what takes place on the football field and they dug deep.
“The detractors will be very much silenced by the work that was done by the whole team.”
Cleary was full of praise for the way that coach Trent Barrett was able to bring the team together in the face of all the distractions in the lead-up to the game.
“He was superb, he believes in them, they believe in him, he’s the loyalty of the dressing room and has brought them together in adversity.
“They listened and they responded.”
Barrett admitted the off-field stuff does not help and praised every member of his 17-man squad.
“It was good to see them smiling again,” he said.
“To their credit the players knuckled down and we had a bit of a point to prove — we were pretty ordinary against Souths last week.”
He said it was the team goal defence who won his team the game.
“We are still making a few too many errors but we can fix that,” Barrett said.