Kevin Moore is facing the sack as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs coach – possibly even before the end of the season.
The Sunday Telegraph learned after Saturday night’s demoralising 38-4 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles that Moore had lost boardroom support and his position was under immediate review.
The Bulldogs plummeted to their fourth loss from five matches and looked a disorganised and disinterested rabble.
Not even Moore’s standing as a loyal servant and one of the family club’s favourite sons will save his job despite having 18 months left on his contract.
Apart from the team’s diabolical recent form and their failure to make the finals last year, there is another issue simmering over Moore’s insistence that the club retain veteran skipper Andrew Ryan next year, while recruitment manager Peter Mulholland and the board think he should retire.
Even the club’s CEO Todd Greenberg conceded Moore was under pressure after one of their worst losses in recent years.
“I’m not surprised you’re writing the story – I’m sure after a performance like ours tonight, any coach is going to be under pressure,” Greenberg said.
“But it’s not just Kevin – it’s all of us. There’s no internal drama, or anything like that, but we’re just not playing well enough considering we recruited all the players we needed.
“There were very high expectations for this year.”
Blues State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart is being linked to the Bulldogs as the man to take over from Moore.
Stuart enjoys a tight relationship with a number of senior Bulldogs officials from his playing and coaching days at Canterbury, the club he joined from Canberra.
A source told The Sunday Telegraph that Moore’s untenable position with the board could not be reversed.