Fulton to recommence white-anting in wake of stunning Manly revival

Dane Eldridge Columnist

By Dane Eldridge, Dane Eldridge is a Roar Expert

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    FAUX-CLUSIVE: Manly’s stunning response to their week of self-inflicted politics has inspired Bob Fulton to resurrect his feud with CEO Tim Cleary.

    After the underdog Sea Eagles caused a boilover last night with victory against the Cowboys, the Brookvale supremo pledged to continue the club’s resurrection by resuming his destabilising challenges on the CEO’s authority.

    Speaking after full-time while releasing the air from the tires on Cleary’s Chrysler, a confident Fulton guaranteed fans “further wins are now definitely on the horizon”, albeit mostly for him on a personal, agenda-based level.

    Fulton and Cleary’s bitter power struggle- Manly’s latest political brouhaha and officially the ‘The 845th Battle of Brookvale’ – commenced the moment the CEO took the extraordinary step of accepting a role at the club higher than Fulton’s.

    This was exacerbated when Cleary sacked Fulton’s daughter, a move Fulton avenged by hiring another 13 of his own relatives.

    The furore raged for the entirety of Cleary’s eight-week tenure, a period of time in Manly CEO terms which equates to about seven regular human years.

    However, with the ugly battle set to derail the Sea Eagles campaign to finish 14th, chairman Scott Penn hosed down the controversy with a statement declaring the pair had agreed to a ceasefire.

    But following the obvious benefits of their public bickering, a reinvigorated Fulton has now rubbished the veracity of the chairman’s statement, labelling it “the words of a rugby league chairman.”

    The Immortal promised he would waste no time boosting the team’s now-inevitable journey to finals football, vowing to immediately recommence white-anting Cleary “first thing Monday morning”.

    While Fulton’s preferred method of undermining remains unknown, it is rumoured he will return to trumpeting his virtues as the only man on earth appropriately equipped to take the Sea Eagles forward.

    This will reportedly involve spruiking “to always do what’s best for Manly”, which is to return the club to its glory days of his unchallenged autonomy.

    Not only is the saviour angle a reliable tactic in rugby league politics, it would also conveniently complement Fulton’s grand vision of his Sea Eagles someday usurping the Bulldogs as the real ‘Family Club’, for obvious reasons.

    He believes a corporate hierarchy of Fultons that can outlive the Stewarts and Hopoates should, with any luck, also eventually see off the Penns.

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    The Crowd Says (39)

    • March 19th 2017 @ 5:04am
      NSWelshman said | March 19th 2017 @ 5:04am | ! Report

      Here we go again…………another journo writing about the same ole boring rubbish about Manly. Is there nothing new to write about?

      • March 19th 2017 @ 6:07am
        Tom G said | March 19th 2017 @ 6:07am | ! Report

        Anyone would think Manly had just played their best game in a couple of years last night. I guess it’s just easier to make up this unfunny pile than focus on that achievement

        • Columnist

          March 19th 2017 @ 9:37am
          Dane Eldridge said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

          Sorry fellas. I panicked when I realised I couldn’t deathride Trent Barrett.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 12:25pm
            NSWelshman said | March 19th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            I’m not bagging you Dane………just saying this Manly talk is becoming boring. My bad if I’ve offended you.

            • Columnist

              March 19th 2017 @ 2:04pm
              Dane Eldridge said | March 19th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

              Not at all! Besides, I could never be offended by a NSWelshman.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 8:24am
        Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

        And your here reading and writing and dating the jurnos cred ,thanks Wenchman ha ha ha

    • Roar Guru

      March 19th 2017 @ 8:02am
      eagleJack said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      You are definitely onto something Dane. Too much rosiness and not enough in-fighting to start the year. This week was a welcome return to the days of old, each day a new battle hitting the headlines. Well played Messrs Cleary and Fulton. More please.

      • Columnist

        March 19th 2017 @ 9:34am
        Dane Eldridge said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:34am | ! Report

        Thanks EJ. Twas way too quiet on the Beaches for my liking. Keep the investigations coming, I say.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:31am
      Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      First half from Manly was horrible , even though they capitalised in some mistakes from Cows they played boring one out garbage ,DCE passing was shocking , the second half however was dame good footy , nice attacking play ,ball movement was encouraging especially due to the fact our Candyman finally worked out he is a half (in his mind) nice 40/20 followed by a grubber= try time ,I am however concerned with the 51 tackles in our 20 , Cows where missing nearly a ton of elephant meat that could have trampled us ,cred due to our defence though ,I’m not gonna pour cold water on Twent or the lads it’s a deserved win, il reserve my judgement over the next couple of weeks ,,, I’m just happy to see Raiders on the deck ,,,, ha ha ha cmon Tigers

      • March 19th 2017 @ 8:47am
        no one in particular said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        Has somebody got the English version of this?

        • Roar Guru

          March 19th 2017 @ 9:31am
          The Barry said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

          I thought it was just me…

        • March 20th 2017 @ 11:16am
          Albo said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

          I think he has begrudgingly conceded that DCE did something good ? Not sure that sort of written admission can continue .

        • March 20th 2017 @ 9:55pm
          terrence said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

          I did earlier but those with the intelligence level of Silvertail47 removed it today. I apologise on behalf of theroars lack of the truth getting out, and on behalf of the state education system that attempted educate Silvertail47.

          Those who read my earlier reply would have laughed their noggins off.

          Pity we live in a world where unfunny, uneducated folk post a lot of drivel that no one can make sense of, but the well verse, funny, quick-witted, well educated, wealthy, handsome, well hung, individual like myself has their accurate posts deleted.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 9:52am
        terrence said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

        “…Your Honour, I rest my case.”

      • Columnist

        March 19th 2017 @ 10:32am
        Dane Eldridge said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

        Loving your passion, Silvertail

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:58am
          Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

          Thanks Dane , would be good for those to criticise my League points and offer an insight though , instead of the same ole boring grammar bs ,,,

          • Roar Guru

            March 19th 2017 @ 11:05am
            The Barry said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

            I love your passion too…

        • Roar Guru

          March 19th 2017 @ 1:20pm
          BigJ said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

          Hey Dane here are you mate? Haven’t spoken to you for a while just a note to see how you are going

        • March 19th 2017 @ 1:27pm
          Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

          Big J ,,,,,,the bulldogs ,,,, ha ha ha

        • March 19th 2017 @ 7:01pm
          terrence said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

          Gee, someone is very easily impressed and/or desperate.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 1:19pm
        BigJ said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

        You guys make me laugh, hey silver tail what team do you support????

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:51am
      Silvertail47 said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      No one is a fair assessment, at least your honest

    • March 19th 2017 @ 9:58am
      kk said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Dear Dane,

      The only way peace will come to Brookvale is for a Christ like(Rio) statue of the great
      Bob Fulton to be erected at North Head for all the world to admire and satisfy the ego
      of the great one whilst he is still alive.

      My motive in making this suggestion is that the Opera House will have some
      competition for the cameras and Rugby League will get the world wide recognition
      for which it craves.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 10:33am
        Jason Hosken said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        Hey Max – busted, you’re Arko???

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:55am
          kk said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

          Dear old Arko. Alas dear Jason, he is beyond my ken.

      • Columnist

        March 19th 2017 @ 10:35am
        Dane Eldridge said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        Love it, Max. Bozo the Redeemer. That will bring in the tourists.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:52am
          kk said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:52am | ! Report

          Our economy needs plenty of fresh air.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 19th 2017 @ 11:00am
      steveng said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:00am | ! Report

      Gutsy performance from the Manly boys but, but, but, the Cows had so many players out that it wasn’t funny. JT looks drained and unfortunately the Cows expect him to do it all and win games like this.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 11:43am
        terrence said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        steveng, Manly had plenty of players out as well, three front rowers, and add in a lot of salary cap taken up by Brett Stewart and Steve Matai, I’m not sure why everyone is just focusing on the Cowboys missing a few players.

        The Cowboys looked tired, after two hard matches that went to extra time. But they were playing at home, had plenty of ball close to the Manly line (especially in the second half) to win two football games, but Manly’s line and scrambling defense was brilliant. Their attack looking a lot more fluid than the last two games. They are still dropping too much ball coming off their own line.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 2:04pm
          terrence said | March 19th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

          Improving. Try a full stop at the end of the sentence every now and then. And here you were saying how ”cool with it”, you are. Obviously not.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 11:44am
        kk said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

        My assessment of the residual fatigue factor was way wrong. Manly must make better use of the
        hyperbaric. Observation: The Cowboys ‘expected’ to win. The Sea Eagles ‘wanted’ to win.

        The lesser lights amongst the Cowboys looked completely shot mentally and I doubt if Coach Green
        can get this team up for their encounter with the Titans at Robina next Saturday night. Especially,
        without the services of Lolo. Kyle Feldt is my favourite Cowboy and he looked to be a spent force.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 11:55am
          kk said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

          Jackson Hastings is my favourite Sea Eagle. It was most pleasing to see him on the paddock
          and score a try. Despite the circumstances of his signing, Manly got lucky the day he did.

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