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Dogs to give Barrett $3m cheque book as Penrith allows assistant to start talks over replacing Pay – Fox Sports

Penrith have granted assistant coach Trent Barrett the freedom to speak to Canterbury as Dean Pay’s time at Belmore looks to be coming to an end.

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Canterbury have won just one game all season and Pay, whose contract expires later this year, has come under increasing scrutiny.
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Barrett, whose last full-time coaching role was at Manly, headed to the foot of the mountains to work with Ivan Cleary at the end of last year.
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Once at the Panthers, he is credited with transforming their attack.
A number of other coaches have been linked with the Bulldogs job, but speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraphs Phil Rothfield said that the Panthers were letting Barrett speak to Canterbury.
Greg Alexander, who works at Fox and is an influential director at Penrith has basically given Barrett permission to talk to them, Rothfield revealed.
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Barretts spell at Manly was not short of controversy, but it was the view of the NRL360 panel that he would have learned from his mistakes.
Hes running Penriths attack, The Daily Telegraphs Paul Kent explained.
Last year Penrith couldn’t score and Barretts turned up this year and just reinvigorated their attack.
I tell you my concern, theres no doubt he knows his footy but the concern is that when he didn’t have the infrastructure around him at manly and I don’t know if hes really going to get it at Canterbury.
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The issue wont be his football coaching. Des (Hasler current Manly coach) has the ability to coach the minutiae of the playing structure and all that but also handle all the salary cap and all the personalities and tells the CEO how theyre going to do things.
Theres no doubt that Barrett will have learned from his experience at Manly and then having had the year away.
Fox Leagues chief reporter James Hooper made that point that Barrett, unlike Pay, would have a full salary cap to spend.
Hes got a $3m chequebook to go into the market, but he has also got factionalism left right and centre, Hooper said.

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