Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs confirmed they had parted company with head coach Des Hasler with immediate effect on Tuesday.
The decision meant that Hasler’s six-year reign had come to an end, with club chairman Ray Dip confirming that the search for his replacement is already underway.
A tough year
The news comes at the end of a tumultuous season for the famous club and they missed out on the finals amidst constant speculation over Hasler’s future.
The club had reached an agreement on a new contract with Hasler during the year but it has been confirmed that the extension was non-binding and that his contract has not been renewed.
Speculation had been rife that the club was looking to replace Hasler and the coach only fuelled the fire by being the press conference before their final game of 2017.
More writing appeared on the wall for Hasler when experienced strength and conditioning coach Donny Singe resigned despite having worked with the now ex-Dogs coach since 2008.
The Bulldogs declined to comment on any possible coaching options, with Jim Dymock, Michael Maguire and Geoff Toovey thought as possible options. Former Sea Eagles coach Toovey replaced Hasler at Manly and has spent the last year coaching English side Bradford while Maguire has recently parted company with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Hasler’s assistant at the Bulldogs Dymock has not shied away from the fact that he would like to coach the club in the past.
Rumours are now circulating that Hasler is in a prime position to be approached by New South Wales to fill the State of Origin coaching seat vacated by Laurie Daley.
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