Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore has quit the club this afternoon with immediate effect.
Former international and club stalwart Jim Dymock will replace Moore for the rest of the season.
Moore handed in his resignation this afternoon when it became apparent he had lost the support of the board after weeks of speculation.
The club and Moore released statements this afternoon, with Moore saying that he was very privileged to have been involved with the Bulldogs.
“On Tuesday 12 July, I was told by Ray Dib, Canterbury-Bankstown RLFC Chairman, and Todd Greenberg, club CEO, that my services as head coach were no longer required by the Club after season 2011,” Moore’s statement said.
“Having considered the impact this will have on my family, my support staff and the players, and importantly, the club that I love and have been involved with since the early 1970s, I will stand down effective immediately having helped the team complete its preparation for Friday night’s game against the Warriors in Auckland.
“I feel very privileged to have been a part of a great club for so long and I want to thank all who have been a part of this journey with me.
“Please respect my right to privacy at this time, and allow the Bulldogs to focus solely on the remainder of the 2011 season.”
Moments later, an official statement from the club was sent around, stating:
“Kevin Moore was told this week that his services would not be required next season and he was given the option to finish out the year,” Bulldogs chief executive officer Todd Greenberg said.
“He has elected to finish up immediately, which is his right.
“Kev has been great for our Club over a 40 year period across a number of roles, from ball boy to head coach. However with regard to the head coaching position it had become clear that it was time for a change.”