Phil Gould joins Canterbury Bulldogs as general manager of football

Canterbury has pulled off a major coup, luring Phil Gould back to the struggling NRL club as its general manager of football.

Gould returns to the club he played for between 1983 and 1985, and coached to a premiership in 1988.

The appointment comes after the Warriors reduced Gould’s role at their club, claiming COVID-19 would limit his involvement and leave him only as a consultant.

It did not take the Bulldogs long to pounce.

After making a play for their former coach earlier this year, they secured his services this time as they seek a formula to take them back up the NRL ladder.

“Phil has a proud association with the Bulldogs, having played for the club before going on to coach the 1988 Premiership-winning side,” chairman John Khoury said in a club 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 as a premiership contender once again.”


Gould held a similar role at Penrith, brought in during 2011 as a coaching director with a whole-of-club approach to turn the Panthers around.

He eventually left in 2019, but by then the Panthers had their envied junior system sorted out before reaching last year’s grand final.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity with a great club,” Gould said.

“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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