2022-04-27 20:59:00

Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould has replied to foxsports.com.au’s he ran a training session on Tuesday, giving his players a piece of mind before taking over from coach Trent Barrett.

The Canterbury-Bankstown supremo explained that it was actually Barrett’s idea for the players to hear a different voice in the wake of their heavy loss at the hands of the Broncos.

As it stands, the Bulldogs have won a singular game and sit alone on the bottom of the ladder after seven round of football.

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“Trent asked me to present some data to the players before the Broncos game last week,” Gould said to Wide World of Sports.

“We got a good reaction. He wanted to give it another go this week, which we did. It was an honest appraisal.

“I was then talking to Trent in the middle of the field while players were doing some skill drills. They were a bit sluggish to start the week and I said to Trent they needed a liven up.

“He threw me his whistle. I was wearing jeans. It was a bit of fun and something different for the players. Not sure that my 1980s approach will change the world, but it was fun.”

Gould went on to say the reports were an over-reaction, but Paul Kent speaking on NRL360 believed otherwise.

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Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett handed the reigns over to Phil Gould. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I would do anything Trent asked me to do. (The story was a) huge over-reaction, but that’s typical,” Gould said.

“Not sure it was fun for everyone Braith, and not sure it will be fun going into the future,” Kent said on NRL360.

NRL360 host Braith Anasta also said the club have gone backwards under Barrett and Gould, with Anasta being a part of the Bulldogs last premiership squad.

“I just can’t fathom the position they’re in… they’ve gone backwards and they’ve got Trent Barrett and Gus Gould — two of apparently the most smartest minds in the game – but the club is going backwards,” Anasta added.

The Bulldogs take on the Roosters in a tough encounter in Round 8, and The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent issued a warning with Trent Barrett’s position under-fire.

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“If I’m a coach and they say ‘hands up who wants to coach Canterbury?’ and I look over and Phil Gould’s asked the question, I just put my hands down and sit on them,” he said.

“The problem with the Bulldogs’ head coach right now, if they start winning it’s Phil Gould, if they continue losing it’s Trent Barrett and it will remain that way.”

But The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read believes Barrett can simply start winning games to keep his job.

“Ultimately his fate rests in his own hands, if he wins football games he keeps his jobs and he’s not winning games,” he said.

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