Des Hasler and Ray Dibb Photos: Getty Images / Fox Sports
There is plenty going on in the world of the Bulldogs… and it’s been revealed some “unusual” occurrences happened in the Canterbury sheds after they were hammered 38-nil by the Panthers last Sunday.
“[Bulldogs chairman Ray Dibb] approached Des Hasler, the coach, and said ‘I’d like to address the players without you here’ and to me that’s quite an unusual thing,” said Channel Nine rugby league reporter Danny Weidler, on the Triple M Grill Team.
“What I’m told was said was an impassioned defence of Des Hasler, saying ‘has any one here got a problem with Des? We’ve gotta support Des. Des is our man, We gotta get behind Des’”
As a former player, Triple M's Matty Johns has never heard something like this happen. Listen to the full audio below.
The Bulldogs sit third-last on the NRL ladder as their most recent defeat left Des Hasler with his worst first-half of a season since he began his coaching career in 2004.
The club's difficult 2017 has been punctuated by star five-eighth Josh Reynolds' end-of-season departure to Wests Tigers, while representative forward David Klemmer is also reported to be considering an exit.
Chief executive Raelene Castle will also leave the NRL club at the end of the season despite having one year to go on her contract.
Dib said fans had every right to call for his and Hasler's sacking but was confident the club would salvage its disappointing season.
- Additional reporting AAP