Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg has admitted the performance of Jim Dymock since taking over as caretaker coach over a month ago is making it difficult not to appoint him to the job fulltime from next season.
Dymock faces the acid test of his coaching career on Sunday when he heads to Brookvale Oval to take on Manly in a match the Bulldogs need to win to keep their finals hopes alive.
The club is locked in a fierce battle with South Sydney and Newcastle Knights for the final spot in the top eight.
A win would see them survive for another week with games remaining against the Knights and Canberra.
Dymock has made no secret of his desire to be appointed as fulltime coach from 2012, but he faces a hot field including NSW’s Ricky Stuart – although there has been speculation Canterbury’s interest has waned with Stuart reluctant to relinquish his role with the Blues.
Bradford’s Mick Potter, Huddersfield’s Nathan Brown and Castleford’s Terry Matterson are also among the candidates.
“I haven’t met with Ricky yet and I haven’t spoken with him yet and that hasn’t changed from a couple of weeks ago,” Greenberg said.
“We’re still working our way through all the other candidates at the moment.
“I’m about halfway through the interview process. I’ve done a number of interviews this week and I’ve got some more booked for next week.”