Phil Gould urges Trent Barrett to backflip on Dogs deal as club descends into ‘toxic mess’
Premiership-winning Canterbury coach Phil Gould has told incoming mentor Trent Barrett to backflip on his deal to coach the club in 2021.
According to a report on Monday, the Panthers assistant is “concerned” that Canterbury are a club in strife due to infighting between members of the football club and leagues club at loggerheads.
The tip of the iceberg is the running battle between football chair Lynne Anderson and leagues boss George Coorey.
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Anderson is trying to have Coorey removed from his role due to allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female members of the leagues club.
Within the football side, there is said to be a fractured relationship between Andrew Hill, the club’s CEO, and football manager Steve Price.
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Through his work with Penrith’s attack this year, Barrett’s stock has risen considerably.
But Gould argued he would be better off to stay where he is for the sake of his own longevity in the game.
“I’m sure that Trent Barrett doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into and if I was associated with Trent Barrett in any way, shape or form I think I’d be advising him to reconsider his decision,” Gould told 100% Footy.
“I just think this is going to deteriorate into a real mess in the coming weeks, and I just can’t see a way out.
“I think it’s just too much for him to take on at this time, given what happened to him at Manly, and given that his next NRL appointment is very, very important.
“He’s in a really good club at the moment at the Panthers, he’s got a great role and is doing a tremendous job.
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“I’d be nearly inclined to decline it and go back to where he is and just wait a little bit more time because the Bulldogs is an absolute mess. Behind the scenes it is a toxic mess.”
Having endured a turbulent time navigating boardroom politics at Manly, Barrett is walking into what has been described as a “snake pit”.
Gould, however, said that as enticing as a head coach role might be, Barrett would be wise to avoid Canterbury.
“These young blokes they want to jump into the first job they can get,” Gould said.
“There’s only 16 jobs a year, it’s more money than he’s earning at the moment, he’s got family and commitments and I can understand the desire to get in there and think he can do something with the Bulldogs.
“But right at the moment behind the scenes, nothing is working.”
Originally published asGus: Coach walking into ‘toxic’ civil war
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