Rogue Bulldogs board members are planning a coup to oust coach Des Hasler for next season, and The Mole can reveal the two men the Canterbury board are lining up to replace him.
Despite Hasler guiding the Dogs to two grand finals since arriving at Belmore in 2012, their inconsistent 5-4 start to the season has club officials worried and looking at other options.
The Mole is hearing Hasler’s right-hand-man Jim Dymock and Junior Kangaroos boss Justin Holbrook are the two men in contention for Des’ job should the coup eventuate.
1995 premiership-winner Dymock coached Canterbury for eight games in 2011 after Kevin Moore resigned mid-season, while Holbrook – who led the Dogs to the 2011 NSW Cup grand final before moving onto lower-grade stints with the Dragons, Eels and now Roosters – recently received a phone call from a club official asking about his plans for 2017. Despite his low profile, the 40-year-old ex-Knights, Panthers and Roosters halfback is highly regarded by those in the know and is seen as an NRL coach in waiting.
Board members are frustrated by Hasler’s refusal to drop misfiring back-rower Tony Williams until today’s clash with the Tigers and Des’ lack of involvement with the Dogs’ struggling lower grades – they’re languishing in 13th in the Holden Cup and are rock bottom in the NSW Cup.
Doggies legend Terry Lamb slammed Hasler for not understanding the club’s famous ‘Dogs of War’ culture two weeks ago.
“Des doesn’t know what the culture is about and that’s just what it is,” Lamb fired. “We’ve got to create that atmosphere within the club again.”
The heat on Hasler will intensify if Canterbury stumble against the Wests Tigers this afternoon at ANZ Stadium.