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Bulldgos New Coaching Candidates Revealed

By Staff Writer    |    NRL, Rugby League   |   Jul 19, 2011 12:03 PM

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have revealed the list of potential coaches to replace the recently-resigned Kevin Moore, but the club’s chief executive Todd Greenberg said a final decision could still be many months away.

Greenberg used words including “exhaustive” and “time-consuming” when describing the task ahead to select Moore’s successor after his controversial exit from the club last week.

Moore had his coaching contract with the Bulldogs terminated with 12 months left to run, which saw him make an immediate walk out and sparked rumours of the team’s star players having lobbied for his sacking.

“A decision could be months away,” Greenberg said.

“Nothing at all has been decided and it won’t be for quite some time.”

The Dogs’ CE denied having begun negotiations with any coach, despite reports that NSW Blues Origin-coach Ricky Stuart and Nathan Brown, who mentored the Dragons before Wayne Bennett, are the two prime candidates for the job.

Brown is one of four Aussie expats currently coaching in the English Super League that are rumoured contenders for the head-coach position at Canterbury along with Trent Robinson (Catalans), Michael Potter (Bradford) and Terry Matterson (Castleford).

Currently coaching for the Huddersfield Giants, it has been revealed by his manager George Mimis that Brown has an exit-clause written into his three-year contract with the Giants.

Meanwhile, a return to NRL coaching for Stuart would mean he would have to give up his position at the Blues next year, Stuart having expressed his desire to stay in the Origin arena.

Stuart has a chummy association at Canterbury, having not only begun his low-grade coaching career with the club but also playing the final two NRL seasons of his career in the Doggies blue and white jersey.

Interviews for the position are likely to start next month with Greenberg indicating he would undergo at least 10 before putting his suggestions to the board.

Other highly-qualified hopefuls that have expressed interest in the position according to Greenberg are former South Sydney coach Jason Taylor and Penrith’s caretaker coach Steve Georgallis.

“There is no shortage of quality candidates,” Greenberg said.

“Some of the people we will consider are Nathan Brown, Mick Potter, Terry Matterson, Rick Stuart and Steve Georgallis.”

Moore was called on very soon after the sacking of former Bulldogs’ mentor Steve Folkes, and Greenberg said the club had learned from that and this time would embark a more extensive process before any appointment decisions were made.

“It will be a matter of due diligence,” he said.

“I am hoping to speak to as many of the candidates as I can before going to the board with a recommendation.

“It is a different process to what it was back in 2008 because Kev was appointed very soon after it was decided that Steve Fokes wouldn’t be at the club the following year.”