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Ennis leads calls for Hasler to be sacked

Sporting News logo Sporting News 25/07/2017

© Provided by Sportal com au Former Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis has jumped on the campaign to have Des Hasler sacked from the club because of the direction he has taken them.

Ennis split ways with the Bulldogs at the end of 2014 after their grand final against South Sydney, leaving them with a creative issue that he believes is yet to be solved.

''It's a really tough one for me. I spent a lot of time at the club, I played under Des, but in all honesty his time's up,'' Ennis told Fox Sports.

''I just think they've score 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.

''They've got their recruitment and retention horribly wrong. I know that people may think that's bitter because I left the place.

''...It looks a little bit like when you walk down the same road the same dog barks. It scares you the first time but after that you know he's going to do it again.

''They come out with all this energy at the start of the game and when a defensive line presents itself and reads the structure that they play with you can see the look on their face like 'here we go again'.''

The coaching future of Des Hasler could again be under the spotlight after he fronts the Canterbury board on Tuesday. © AAP Images The coaching future of Des Hasler could again be under the spotlight after he fronts the Canterbury board on Tuesday. The 31-year-old was quizzed on whether or not key signings Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods would make a difference, yet their additions didn't change his view.

''I don’t think it changes. What does Aaron Woods bring to the side that James Graham and Sam Kasiano and Aidan Tolman don't do,'' he said

''For me, no disrespect to Aaron Woods - he's a fantastic player, but he's the guy that's going to get through his 15 or 20 hit-ups a game and he's going to get through his 30 or 35 tackles. That's what James Graham does.''

Current Bulldogs captain James Graham stood by his coach during this 'rough patch' and looked over his history as defence.

''I love working with Des Hasler and so does everybody in that playing group,'' Graham said on NRL 360.

''A lot gets talked about and I've heard people on the show talking about Des and things of yesterday. But look where he's taken this club since he took over near the end of 2011.

''We were not a team that was successful in 2011, they changed the coach to bring him in and now in those five seasons that have been before us we've been one game off a grand final twice and in each of those seasons we've made the playoffs where we haven't progressed as far as we like.

''I don't understand why the action for now, for one year where it's looking like - it's going to be very difficult to make it but I still think we can - one year where way may slip out of the top eight that the idea would be to sack the coach.''

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