Des Hasler has been sacked as coach of the Canterbury Bulldogs effective immediately after a horrible 2017 season.
Bulldogs legend Dean Pay is the leading contender to replace Hasler.
“Today, I informed Des Hasler and his management of our decision to pursue a new Head Coach for our Club, effective immediately,” said Bulldogs Chairman Ray Dib.
“The heads of agreement reached with Des Hasler for an extension of his contract were non-binding and a decision has been made not to renew his contract for next year.
“These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people we respect personally and professionally, however, the Club believes the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary.
“The Club will now begin its search for a new Head Coach and will provide further information once that process has been completed.”