Dean Pay out: Canterbury Bulldogs coach exits with Trent Barrett firmly in sights
Dean Pay has coached his last game for the Bulldogs, with he and Canterbury announcing a mutual parting of the ways effective immediately.
Former Manly coach and current Penrith assistant Trent Barrett is a clear front-runner to take over the club in the long-term, with current Bulldogs assistant Steve Georgallis slated to fill in as interim replacement, starting with Saturday's clash with the Dragons.
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Dean Pay to step down as Bulldogs Head Coach
Dean Pay will step down from his role as Head Coach of the Bulldogs immediately after both parties agreed that it was in the best interests of the individual and the club to part ways.
The decision was reached after a meeting between Dean and the club following Saturday's loss to the Broncos.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill thanked Pay for his contribution over the past three seasons:
"These situations are always tough, particularly when they involve someone who has been part of the Bulldogs family for a long time. The fact is though that the Club and Dean have decided that we needed to move in a different direction to take the team forward and Dean was in agreement that now was the right time for both parties to part ways.
We did not rush into this decision and have taken our time to look at what was best for the club in regard to success moving forward.
I'd like to thank Dean for his contribution over the past three years and all the hard work and passion he has given to the club.
Dean Pay expressed his thanks to the club for the opportunity to coach back at Belmore :
"I'd like to thank the Bulldogs for the opportunity to be the Head Coach at a club that has always meant so much to me.
Steve Georgallis will act as interim Head Coach until an appointment is made.
Canterbury Bulldogs club statement