Jim Dymock, Mick Potter, Terry Matterson and Ricky Stuart are understood to be the leading contenders for the Canterbury coaching job as Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg begins a second round of interviews before making a recommendation to the club’s board.
While Stuart is still in the frame as a possibility, he has no hope of getting the position unless he is prepared to give up the NSW job.
It emerged this week that Matterson, who is returning to Australia after coaching English club Castleford, had signed on to join the North Queensland staff as an assistant to coach Neil Henry for next year, but sources have assured the Herald he is still under consideration for the Bulldogs job and that he may well have a clause in his contract granting him a release from the Cowboys if he is offered a head coaching role in the NRL.
Greenberg yesterday refused to be drawn on who had made the shortlist after the initial round of interviews, but confirmed that the process had moved to the second stage.
”I’ll be interviewing some of the applicants for a second time over the next week or two,” Greenberg said. ”We’ve got a board meeting at the end of September and nothing will be finalised before that, but our aim is to make an announcement either just prior to the grand final or in the week after that.”
Greenberg made it clear that Dymock, having done well in the limited time that he had to impress, would be hard to beat for the job. ”What we are saying about Jimmy is that he has done everything asked of him,” Greenberg said.