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Barrett quits after Bulldogs slip to last of NRL standings

May 16, 2022 GMT

SYDNEY (AP) — Trent Barrett quit as Canterbury’s head coach less than halfway through Australia’s National Rugby League season after the Bulldogs slumped to last place in the standings.

Canterbury issued a brief statement Monday to announce Barrett’s departure three days after a 16-6 loss to Newcastle, the team’s eighth loss in 10 games this season.

Barrett, who represented Australia in 15 test matches and played more than 200 NRL games from 1996-2010, coached at Manly from 2016-18 before joining Canterbury as head coach for the 2021 season. He stood down with a record of just five wins in 34 NRL games in charge of the Bulldogs.

Phil Gould, the club’s football director, said he hadn’t planned on firing Barrett but accepted the coach’s resignation after a long telephone conversation.

“It was a very difficult discussion, it was very raw and he poured his heart out,” Gould said. “I think the performances and pressure, he just got the feeling that he probably didn’t have the solutions to what was going wrong.

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“He put his heart into this job and he wanted to end the speculation,” about his position at Canterbury.

The club didn’t immediately announce a replacement, with the Bulldogs set to play Wests Tigers on Friday.

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