Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore could be sacked as early as next week if his underachieving Bulldogs are beaten by competition front-runners Melbourne on Saturday night in Adelaide.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Moore was hauled before the Bulldogs board last week and told his position was under immediate threat. He was even offered coaching assistance.
And The Daily Telegraph can also reveal the Moore saga has split the Canterbury board.
But following his side’s 20-6 loss to Penrith on Saturday, Moore’s job is firmly on the line against Craig Bellamy’s Storm. Even before the Panthers game, the Bulldogs board was considering sacking Moore, who is on a $300,000-a year contract.
Moore was asked to appear before a board meeting last Wednesday night, where he was strongly reminded that coaching was based on results.One source close to the club said: “He was told in no uncertain terms about his future. Kevin gave his reasons but he was reminded about what happens if you don’t perform. He knows where he stands.”
“I reckon Kevin has two weeks to get a win,” the source said.
“In fact, if we get belted in Adelaide, that will be the end. Watch this space.”
If Moore is cut within the next week or two, assistant coach Jim Dymock would take over for the rest of the year.
The Bulldogs source said Moore, who still has a year to run on his contract, was “living in denial”.
Publicly the club is saying little but there has been some behind-the-scenes discussions about NSW coach Ricky Stuart taking over from next year.