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EXCLUSIVE: Bulldogs going nowhere until coaching decision is made, Phil Gould warns – Wide World of Sports

‘You can’t have your side functioning in that sort of environment’



The Bulldogs are stuck in no man’s land and must make a decision on coach Dean Pay’s future to start their climb out of the abyss, Phil Gould says.
Canterbury are last in the NRL with a single win this season, having lost 26-8 to a poorly-performed Brisbane team on Saturday.
Pay called for clarity over his future after the match. He may get it at a club board meeting this week.
Gould, a premiership-winning Bulldogs coach in 1988, told Wide World of Sports that Canterbury would go nowhere until a definitive call was made.
Bulldogs players await a review during their loss to the Broncos. (Getty)
“I’ve got no idea the way the Bulldogs are thinking at the moment, I just know that they probably need – for everybody’s sake there – to make a decision on what it looks like for next year,” Gould said on The Final Whistle.
“There’s players coming off-contract, there are players considering offers from other clubs, there are young fellas in the club wondering where their future lies, there’ll be staff and coaches wondering what they’re doing.
“And it’s not a good environment. I’ve seen this plenty of times over the years. You can’t have your side functioning in that sort of environment.
“They’re already looking towards next year, they’re not going to make the eight this season. They’ve got to use the rest of this year as a run-up into next year’s preparation and getting ready for next year.
“They’ve got to consider their salary cap and their options for recruitment. Right at the moment, they can’t go out and recruit anyone, they can’t re-sign anyone, they can’t develop anyone because it’s all just in a state of flux.
“They’ve just got to turn around and make some decisions and put everyone’s mind

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