Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg has confirmed he will speak to Ricky Stuart about the vacant Bulldogs coaching job, but insists caretaker coach Jim Dymock will be at the club in some capacity next season.
While both Stuart and the Bulldogs insist they have had no contact over the position, Greenberg said the NSW Origin coach was on a shortlist of candidates drawn up by the club.
Bradford’s Michael Potter, Huddersfield’s Nathan Brown, Castleford’s Terry Matterson and Hull KR’s Justin Morgan are also among about a dozen candidates with whom he wishes to speak.
Dymock, who was an assistant to Stuart in the Blues Origin campaign and worked under him at the Cronulla Sharks before joining the Bulldogs in 2009, is another serious contender, and Greenberg said that if he did not get the top job he would remain on the coaching staff next season.
”He will be here in some capacity, one way or another,” Greenberg said. ”He will either be here as head coach or he will continue in his role as assistant coach. We’re not in any rush. We told Jimmy he has got an opportunity so we are giving him that while we do everything else.”
He said he planned to speak with Stuart. ”Despite everything I have seen and read about Ricky being a done deal and that sort of stuff, it is so far from the truth it is not funny. We haven’t even had a discussion with him yet, but we will – among a number of other candidates as well.”
If Stuart was to become the Canterbury coach, he would have to quit the Blues job as both the Bulldogs and the NSWRL have made it clear he cannot perform both roles.