Trent Barrett could have coached the Bulldogs one last time, with the club’s powerbrokers ready to hold emergency meetings this week.
The Bulldogs powerbrokers are expected to hold emergency talks on Monday to discuss the team’s early season performance and the future of head coach Trent Barrett.
Canterbury officials are frustrated and have spent the weekend speculating whether Barrett was still the club’s longtime boss, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Pressure was building on Barrett ahead of the club’s victory over Roosters, but a poor performance against a struggling Knights team brought the spotlight back on the club’s woes in 2022.
Bulldogs officials will also question director of football Phil Gould, asking if the club can return to final football with Barrett as head coach.
Barrett could have managed the club for the last time after a 16-6 loss to Adam O’Brien’s Newcastle.
“Trent Barrett is under tremendous pressure, there will be an emergency Bulldogs board meeting tomorrow with the suggestion that Barrett may have coached his last game,” Warren Smith said on Fox League.
“We saw Phil Gould here at the media center just before the kick-off between the Roosters and the Eels and his mood, fair to say, was quite dark.
“Maybe a clue, but a big drama in Belmore.”
Club members have sent a wave of complaints to the Canterbury-Bankstown directors, according to SMH, with many suggesting it’s time to let Barrett go.
The former Panthers assistant has no answers at Friday night’s post-game press conference, having dropped to a sad record of just five wins in 34 games.
Just a few weeks ago Phil Gould supported Barrett as the Bulldogs’ long-term coach, but now the decision could be out of his hands if the board decides they must have severe ties.
Many fans had a positive outlook this season, with several high-profile recruits, including Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr, ready to revive the cellar residents.
But now any optimism is gone and the Bulldogs will have no shortage of options if they need a new trainer.
Paul Green, Shane Flanagan and Cameron Ciraldo are the seasoned options to take on, while Steve Price had a successful stint at Cronulla and Kristian Woolf was solid at St Helens.
“It’s been an extremely difficult time for Trent Barrett and the Bulldogs, but the fact that there’s an emergency meeting probably suggests the writing is on the wall,” Brisbane star Corey Parker told Fox League.
“Otherwise, why is there an emergency meeting, about what they’re going to meet, if not about Trent Barrett’s future.
“It’s been a tough season for them but I don’t know if another coach gets more out of what they have, I’m not sure about that, they showed up with the Bulldogs in most games but they really struggled to score points.
“They compete and show up, but there’s a lot of frustration going on there, the performance they put on the other night against the Knights was totally unacceptable in a lot of areas, and a lot of areas that were just effort based not talent.”
Originally Published as ‘Big Drama at Belmore’: Bulldogs Powerbrokers Schedule Trent Barrett’s Emergency Meeting