Writing on the wall for Trent Barrett as Bulldogs hold crisis meeting to discuss under-fire coach’s future after awful loss to the Knights
- Club will hold emergency meeting on Monday as teams’ struggles deepen
- Barrett will not be part of the meeting that could be crucial to his future
- Powerbrokers want to know if problems can be fixed with the current coach
Canterbury’s patience with Trent Barrett is wearing dangerously thin as the club prepares to hold an emergency meeting that could see the coach’s time with the Bulldogs come to a premature end.
Barrett’s side allowed Newcastle to snap a seven-game losing streak in a shocking 16-6 loss in round 10 and that appears to have been the last straw for some powerful figures at Belmore.
Powerbrokers have been working behind the scenes to mull over his future and club officials will hold the crisis meeting on Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Monday could be D-day for Barrett as Bulldogs powerbrokers hold a crisis meeting – and he won’t be part of proceedings
Dogs general manager of football Phil Gould is known for jettisoning coaches, even when their teams aren’t nailed to the bottom of the ladder – just as he did with Anthony Griffin and Ivan Cleary during his time at Penrith
Barrett will not be involved in the meeting, which will see football director Phil Gould asked whether the team’s problems can be solved without moving on to a new coach, according to the publication.
The Bulldogs currently sit last on the ladder with just two wins from their first 10 games and the competition’s worst for-and-against record.
An off-season recruitment spree that drew big names Matt Burton, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Dufty, Brent Naden, Tevita Pangai Jr and Paul Vaughan to the club gave fans hope that their miserable form of recent years would begin to turn around, but it’s been more of the same in 2022.
Barrett’s side have the worst attack in the competition and have lacked firepower and discipline.
Despite landing big names like Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton and Tevita Pangai Junior, the Bulldogs have failed to improve on their miserable showings of recent years
In a worrying sign for the coach, Gould took over from him to run a training session in late April and gave the players a huge spray during a video session.
The former Penrith boss has become known for jettisoning coaches even when they’re seemingly performing well, as he did with Ivan Cleary and Anthony Griffin during his time with the Panthers.
Should Barrett get the chop, the Dogs could turn to premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan – whose son Kyle plays halfback for Canterbury – highly rated Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo or out-of-work ex-Cowboys mentor Paul Green.