The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are facing a twin crisis over the futures of skipper Andrew Ryan and coach Kevin Moore in the aftermath of Saturday night’s abysmal effort against Manly.
As a result of their worst loss in years, furious Bulldogs board members have declared Moore’s position under immediate review with 18 months still remaining on his coaching contract.
And Ryan, a 278-game NRL veteran who won the game’s prestigious Ken Stephens Medal last year, is about to be delivered the gut-wrenching news that his services are no longer required.
The 32-year-old former Test and Origin forward wants a 12-month contract extension but the coaching and recruitment staff are keen to use his $350,000 to buy a younger and more explosive back-rower or prop.
CEO Todd Greenberg’s loyalties are torn because Ryan has been such a wonderful ambassador for the club and game.
Somehow he is trying to “manage” the delicate issue to ensure Ryan leaves with the dignity he deserves.
Moore was reluctant to comment when questioned about his future and Ryan’s.
“I’ll just say this … If you don’t aim up, you expect questions being asked and some negative media,” Moore said.
Asked about the boardroom pressure on his job, he said: “I can’t control that. The only thing I can control is getting a win up for the club next week.”We’re obviously really disappointed with the performance on Saturday night and my focus and energy is on turning that around.
“Me and the players are committed to doing that. We’ve had recovery this morning and everyone’s really disappointed.
“But we’re in this together and we’re going to fight hard to get out of it.
“We were poor, they were white hot. The week before they did a similar thing to Brisbane in the second half. They put 30 on them unanswered. We just got off to a poor start and they were far too good.”
NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart is a hot favourite to get the Dogs job if Moore goes.