Former Sharks premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan has made it clear he is gunning for the vacant Bulldogs place, declaring he’d “like to do the job” and is “able to rumble”.
Flanagan is among the many many names to have been tossed up within the wake of Trent Barrett’s departure final Sunday night time, because the Bulldogs seek for a brand new man to steer them out of its disaster.
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Flanagan pushed his case laborious when pressed on 2GB’s The Steady Name Group on Saturday.
“Firstly, I have not had any chats with the Bulldogs. I’ve acquired no thought, to be actually trustworthy, what their plans are. I would like to do the job. I need to get again into teaching at NRL degree. I believe I might do a great job there,” Flanagan stated.
“However, as I stated, I do not know what their plans are and the method they are going to undergo. I suppose that’ll be determined over the subsequent couple of weeks. However at this level there’s been no contact.”
Flanagan stated he deliberate to talk to Bulldogs common supervisor of soccer Phil Gould within the coming weeks.
“Finally, I suppose, Gus is the one I want to speak to, which I will do in time. He is acquired my quantity so if he desires to fast-track one thing that is fairly straightforward. However over the subsequent week or two I will contact Gus and simply undergo what is going on to be the method,” Flanagan stated.
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“I am there, I am able to rumble and I would love to have the ability to do the job.
“I used to be really a Canterbury junior, I’ve acquired a number of historical past with the membership and after I was coming by as a younger child after which clearly coming into first grade, the Bulldogs had been the gun crew. Terry Lamb, David Gillespie, Steve Folkes and people kinds of gamers… they had been a unbelievable crew and a unbelievable membership and I would love to have the ability to lead them again to the place they had been.”
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One potential hurdle standing in Flanagan’s method is his son, Kyle, who’s at this stage Canterbury’s first-choice halfback.
Penrith mentor Ivan Cleary would not have any points with teaching his son, Nathan, as a result of his son is a celebrity of the sport and his place is rarely questioned.
However Kyle is a fringe first-grade footballer.
“I coached Kyle for 2 or three years on the Sharks… I introduced Matty Moylan in and Chad Townsend was the present half at that stage, after James Maloney left,” Flanagan stated.
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“At that stage Kyle in all probability wasn’t able to play first grade and I had no drawback bringing somebody in.
“He made his debut again in 2018 and performed some video games right here and there between ’18 and ’19, but when he is not the very best halfback within the membership (on the Bulldogs)… he would not play. And Kyle is aware of that himself.
“Simply on Kyle – you have not seen something that he can do in the intervening time. I believe he might have really gone somewhat bit backwards over the past 18 months for various causes. However he is a greater participant than what he is displaying in the intervening time. I do know he can compete actually laborious simply in the suitable setting.”
Flanagan coached Cronulla in 185 NRL video games throughout two stints.
He was suspended because of the Sharks’ performance-enhancing medicine scandal and returned forward of the 2015 season.
However he resigned in January 2019 after the NRL de-registered his contract for coping with the membership throughout his suspension.
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