The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have appointed rugby league icon Phil Gould as their new General Manager of Football with immediate effect.
The shock appointment comes after the Warriors were forced to significantly modify Gould’s consultancy role due to “ongoing challenges brought about by the Covid-19 crisis”.
As revealed on Friday evening, the Warriors allowed Gould to pursue opportunities with other NRL clubs.
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Bulldogs chair John Khoury said Gould’s appointment was “phenomenal news” for the club.
“Phil has a proud association with the Bulldogs, having played for the club before going on to coach the 1988 Premiership winning side,” Khoury said in a statement.
“He was already part of an amazing run of success that the club had during the eighties and his influence during his time here is something that our fans will always be grateful for.
“Phil has a great relationship with Head Coach Trent Barrett and we firmly believe that he can help to drive us forward to getting back to where we need to be, namely as a Premiership contender once again.”
Phil Gould returns to the Bulldogs.Source:Supplied
Gould represented the Bulldogs in 40 first grade games between 1983 and 1985 before coaching the club to a premiership season in 1988.
The Bulldogs have been without a head of football since Steve Price was axed last year.
Gould thanks Khoury and the Bulldogs Board for the “wonderful opportunity”.
“I look forward to meeting everyone at the club and working with them to set a course for the future of the Canterbury Bulldogs,” Gould said in a statement.
“I played with the Bulldogs. This club gifted me my first ever coaching appointment back in 1986. To be returning to the Bulldogs many years later, in this role, is truly exciting.
“I look forward to rekindling old friendships, making new friendships, and enjoying the club’s journey back to the top of the National Rugby League.”
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