Trent Barrett is LEAVING as Bulldogs coach after the club sent an ominous warning signal just before the announcement – and bad boy Paul Vaughan calls the media ‘the worst kind of people’ after the news broke news
- Barrett’s resignation was announced on Monday and is effective immediately
- Radio host Ray Hadley firmly blamed his disappearance at the feet of the players
- Hadley claimed the footballers sent Barrett to the club’s board
Trent Barrett has quit as the Bulldogs after the club fell to the bottom of the table in a horror start to the 2022 season.
The move was announced by the club on Monday morning and is effective immediately.
His resignation comes shortly after the club canceled all player media appearances on Monday in a worrying sign that big change was afoot.
Canterbury power brokers have been on the phone to discuss the 44-year-old’s future after losing to Newcastle in Round 10, allowing the Knights to go on a seven-game losing streak in a shocking performance.
Barrett took the Dogs to the bottom of the ladder with the NRL’s worst offense and worst pros and cons record. Canterbury will have a new manager for their clash with the Wests Tigers on Friday night
Bulldogs forward Paul Vaughan was the first player to speak after the news broke, apparently dragging out reporters who had gathered at the club.
Danny Weidler, Sydney Morning Herald reporter tweeted that Vaughan said, ‘Do you have to be here? You are the worst of people.
Ray Hadley reported that Dogs football manager Phil Gould sent the players home once the decision was made, and claimed the club would say the training session was canceled due to the raging flu on the team.
“The players were also fired tomorrow and told to come back on Wednesday, leaving them just two days to prepare for the Wests Tigers on Friday night,” Hadley said on 2 GB Radio.
“Previously, the players were dramatically hidden from the media as speculation grew that Barrett would be sacked imminently. Well, now they say he quit.
“The players there have to take responsibility for all of this.
“I have been told that some of the senior players who spoke to Phil Gould and board members expressed their displeasure with Trent Barrett and his ability as a coach.”
Adding a host of marquee players like Josh Addo-Carr (pictured in the loss to Newcastle), Matt Burton and Tevita Pangai Junior did nothing to improve the Bulldogs
2GB’s Ray Hadley said the Bulldogs players (pictured in the 10th round loss to Newcastle) must take responsibility for Barrett’s disappearance
The club issued the following statement: “Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs head coach Trent Barrett has today resigned from his role, effective immediately.
“We would sincerely like to thank Trent for all his hard work and effort over the last 18 months at a very difficult time for the club.
“As this is a difficult time for all parties, the Club would like to respect Trent’s privacy and wish him the best for the future.”
Canterbury currently sit bottom of the table with just two wins in their first 10 games and the worst pros and cons record in the competition.
An off-season recruiting spree that lured big names Matt Burton, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Dufty, Brent Naden, Tevita Pangai Jr and Paul Vaughan to the club gave fans hope their miserable form of recent years would begin to turn around, but it was more or less the same in 2022.
Barrett’s side have the worst offense in the competition and lacked firepower and discipline.
Canterbury football manager Phil Gould is well known for quitting coaching – even when they were successful, as he did with Ivan Cleary at Penrith.
In a worrying sign for the former Dragons and NSW star, Gould took over from him to lead a training session at the end of April and gave the players a huge spray during a video session.
The former Penrith boss has become known for jettisoning coaches even when they appear to be performing well, as he did with Ivan Cleary and Anthony Griffin during his time with the Panthers.
With Barrett gone, the Dogs could turn to premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan – whose son Kyle plays Canterbury half-back – Penrith’s much-loved assistant Cameron Ciraldo, or former unemployed Cowboys mentor Paul Green.
Assistant coach David Furner or NSW Cup coach Michael Potter are set to lead the squad on Friday night as the Dogs seek to find Barrett’s replacement.