DEAN PAY has sensationally parted ways with the Canterbury Bulldogs, ending a three-year stint as head coach of the NRL club.
The Bulldogs confirmed on Tuesday morning the decision was reached after a meeting between Dean and the club following Saturday’s loss to the Broncos.
“Dean Pay will step down from his role as Head Coach of the Bulldogs immediately after both parties agreed that it was in the best interests of the individual and the club to part ways,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday morning.
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Pay took over the job from Des Hasler after the 2017 season and has only lead the side to 19 wins in 57 matches.
The former Bulldogs captain informed his playing group of the decision at the Belmore headquarters earlier this morning.
“I’d like to thank the Bulldogs for the opportunity to be the Head Coach at a club that has always meant so much to me,” Pay said in a statement.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill thanked Pay for his contribution over the past three seasons.
“These decisions are always tough, particularly when they involve someone who has been part of the Bulldogs family for a long time. The fact is though that the Club and Dean have decided that we needed to move in a different direction to take the team forward and Dean was in agreement that now was the right time for both parties to part ways.
“We did not rush into this decision and have taken our time to look at what was best for the club in regard to success moving forward.
“I’d like to thank Dean for his contribution over the past three years and all the hard work and passion he has given to the club.”
Assistant Coach Steve Georgallis will take over in a caretaker role until an appointment is made.
There has been speculation former Manly coach and star player Trent Barrett is the frontfunner to take over the job, alongside Blues coach Brad Fittler, Maroons coach Kevin Walters and former Penrith coach Anthony Griffin as possible options.