They have both captained the Canterbury Bulldogs but current skipper James Graham and Michael Ennis have very different opinions on whether Des Hasler should be the Head Coach of the Belmore club.
Hasler was dragged into Bulldogs HQ on Tuesday night to explain his side’s disastrous season.
But Graham defended Hasler.
“I love working with Des Hasler and so does everybody in that playing group,” Graham told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.
“Look where he’s taken this club since he’s taken over at the end of 2011. We were not a team that was successful in 2011.
“In those five seasons – we’ve been one game off a grand final twice and in each of those seasons we’ve made the play-offs where we haven’t progressed as far as we like.”
But Ennis, who played under Hasler at Canterbury before switching to Cronulla, said the coaches’ time was up.
“It’s a really tough one for me, I spent a lot of time at that club, I played under Des,” Ennis told Fox Sports’ On The Couch With Sterlo.
“In all honesty, his time’s up.
“They’ve scored the least amount of points this season, they’ve been drastically disappointing.
“They really haven’t evolved, in my opinion, with the style of football they play.”
Ennis also spoke about Hasler’s retention and recruitment which included replacing him with unknown Michael Lichaa.
“They’ve got their recruitment and retention horribly wrong. People may think that’s bitter because I left the place, but it’s Dale Finucane, Marty Taupau.”