Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has made it clear he is targeting the Bulldogs vacancy, saying he would “love to do the job” and is “ready to scold”.
Flanagan is among many names thrown around following the departure of Trent Barrett last Sunday night, as the Bulldogs search for a new man to lead them through the slump.
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Flanagan pushed his case hard when he pressed 2GB The Continuous Call Team the Saturday.
“First of all, I haven’t had any conversations with the Bulldogs. I have no idea, to be really honest, what their plans are. I would love to do the job. I want to get back to coaching at the level of the NRL. I think I could do a good job there,” Flanagan said.
“But, as I said, I don’t know what their plans are and the process they’re going to go through. I guess that will be decided over the next couple of weeks. But at this stage there’s no had no contact.”
Flanagan said he plans to speak to Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould in the coming weeks.
“Eventually, I guess Gus is the one I need to talk to, which I’ll do in time. He has my number, so if he wants to speed something up, it’s pretty easy. But over the course of the week or next two, I’m going to reach out to Gus and go through what’s going to be the process,” Flanagan said.
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“I’m here, I’m ready to rumble and I wish I could get the job done.
“I was actually a Canterbury junior, I have a lot of history with the club and when I was young and obviously coming into first year, the Bulldogs were the shooting team. Terry Lamb, David Gillespie, Steve Folkes and those kind of players…it was a fantastic team and a fantastic club and I wish I could bring them back to where they were.”
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A potential obstacle in Flanagan’s way is his son, Kyle, who is Canterbury’s first-choice half-back at this point.
Penrith’s mentor, Ivan Cleary, has no problem coaching his son, Nathan, as his son is a superstar in the game and his place is never in question.
But Kyle is a marginal freshman footballer.
“I coached Kyle for two or three years at the Sharks… I brought in Matty Moylan and Chad Townsend was the current half at this point, after James Maloney left,” Flanagan said.
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“At this point, Kyle probably wasn’t ready to play freshman and I had no problem bringing someone in.
“He made his debut in 2018 and played a few games here and there between 2018 and 2019, but if he’s not the best halfback in the club (at the Bulldogs)…he’s not playing. And Kyle knows that. .himself.
“Just on Kyle – you haven’t seen anything he can do at the moment. I think he may have slipped back a bit over the last 18 months for different reasons. But it’s a better player than what he’s showing at the moment. I know he can compete really hard just in the right environment.
Flanagan coached Cronulla in 185 NRL games over two stints.
He was suspended due to the Sharks performance-enhancing drug scandal and returned before the 2015 season.
But he resigned in January 2019 after the NRL canceled his contract to deal with the club during his suspension.
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