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It seems Trent Barrett has taken matters into his own hands, resigning as coach of the Canterbury Bulldogs, according to the Daily Mail.
After another disappointing loss over the weekend, this time at the hands of the struggling Newcastle Knights, the writing was on the wall for the Barrett's future in the top job.
A crisis meeting was to be held this morning, with captain Josh Jackson, General Manager Phil Gould and other board members in attendance to discuss if Barrett should continue on as coach. But Barrett beat them to the punch, standing down last night rather than waiting to see if he would be pushed today.
Bulldogs' players turned up for training this morning but were told to head home and return not return until Wednesday. Prop Paul Vaughan was one of the first to speak to the media this morning about the news on Barrett, but didn't hold a lot of love for reporters -
BULLDOGS UPDATE: Paul Vaughan first Dogs player to speak since the players were told of Trent Barrett quitting . As he drove out of Belmore he chipped the media: "Do you have to be here? You are the worst kind of people." @9NewsSyd @NRLonNine
- Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) May 16, 2022
Just before the news broke, Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield spoke on Sports Breakfast Radio and predicted Barrett would be gone within 48 hours, and it would be made to look like it was his idea.
"Phil Gould can't be seen as the person who sacks him. But he's got a history of getting rid of coaches. You go back to Penrith with Ivan Cleary and Anthony Griffin," Rothfield said.
"The way it will be orchestrated is, it will be a board decision. People with any real knowledge of the situation know Gus has more power than the chairman, CEO or anybody within the club and it's his decision.
"What will happen is Trent Barrett, it will be orchestrated that (Barrett) resigns and stands down and says publicly he's not in position to take the team forward."
It will be interesting to see down the track if Buzz was right.
The question now is, who will be next to lead the Bulldogs? Paul Green, Cameron Ciraldo and Shane Flanagan's names have all been thrown around as possible replacements.
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