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Shane Flanagan’s brutal assessment of where his playmaker son Kyle is at in his footy career

Premiership-winning manager Shane Flanagan has brutally assessed the form of his son, Bulldogs playmaker Kyle, after making a public pitch for the vacant managerial job at the club.

Flanagan included Kyle in saying “a lot of the Bulldogs players aren’t playing well right now” after the team’s abysmal 2-9 start to the NRL season during an appearance on Fox League Podcast.

Trent Barrett fell on his sword and resigned last week after the terror began.

“What’s happened in the last 12 or 18 months hasn’t been good for Kyle,” Flanagan said of his son.

“And that’s not criticizing anyone, it’s just the circumstances he was in. He didn’t play half of last year and he didn’t start this year and he lost a lot of confidence.”

Flanagan, who coached Cronulla to the title in 2016, deflected his son’s criticism, telling the Fox League Podcast there are several contributing factors to why his game hasn’t gone to another level in Belmore.

The 23-year-old midfielder played with his father on the Cronulla Sharks, but his stock has continued to drop on the Bulldogs since he left the Roosters and signed before the 2021 season, even though he was destined to revive his career with Barrett.

One half of the Bulldogs, Kyle Flanagan, has been under pressure during his two seasons with the club.

One half of the Bulldogs, Kyle Flanagan, has been under pressure during his two seasons with the club.

Kyle has only played four games on a below-par team this season, but Flanagan said the Bulldogs didn’t have the ideal attacking structure for Kyle to flourish.

He is a much better soccer player than he has shown now. He has always been one of those elite guys who make it through the grades. A prolific scorer of points, tries and goals,’ he told the podcast.

“He has some holes in his game for sure that he needs to work hard on, but I’m not sure he’s finding them in training at the moment.”

‘There are more important things going on there.’

Shane Flanagan is currently a roster management consultant for the Dragons.

Shane Flanagan is currently a roster management consultant for the Dragons.

After spending two years in the senior division at Shark Park, Kyle signed a two-year deal with the Roosters to replace Cooper Cronk before the 2020 season. They were extraordinarily big shoes to fill, too big, given that he was later fired.

He fell out of favor with the club after just a year, with young stars Lachlan Lam and Sam Walker rising ahead of him in the pecking order, before signing with Canterbury on a three-year deal.

Flanagan was keen to point out that he tried to stay away from judging or commenting on the Roosters’ training and game setup.

“I was disappointed that he was dropped because there wasn’t much of a reason, but I’ve always stayed out of trying to coach Kyle and give him advice on how he’s going to play,” he said on the podcast.

I would say if he played badly or well in my opinion, but I never coached him during the week. Robbo (Trent Robinson) is a fantastic trainer and they had Cooper (Cronk) there and I’m sure he was getting a lot of information so I stayed out of it.

Kyle Flanagan, originally anointed as Cooper Cronk's heir, played just one season for the Roosters.

Kyle Flanagan, originally anointed as Cooper Cronk’s heir, played just one season for the Roosters.

Kyle played 20 games for the Roosters in 2020, averaging 257 kicking yards and 0.55 assist attempts per game. In seven games for the Bulldogs this season, he is averaging just 81 kicking yards and 0.42 assist attempts per game.

Flanagan’s brutally honest reflections on Kyle and the Bulldogs come when he publicly declares his interest in the open coaching job.

Mick Potter currently holds the job on an interim basis, but the former Tigers coach says he has no interest in coaching the Dogs long-term.

Flanagan was suspended for 12 months in 2013 for his role in the supplement scandal that engulfed Cronulla.

Instead of being banned for life, Flanagan ended up signing a new contract with the Sharks and winning the premiership in 2016, before his life fell apart two years later.

Shane Flanagan faced two separate bans during his time with the Cronulla Sharks, though he is now eligible to head coach again.

Shane Flanagan faced two separate bans during his time with the Cronulla Sharks, though he is now eligible to head coach again.

He was found to have contacted the club more than 50 times in 2014, when he was expressly prohibited from doing so as part of the terms of his suspension.

He has been canceled indefinitely by the NRL, although he has been allowed to return as an assistant coach from 2020. In theory, he has been eligible to head coach again since November 1, 2021, and appears in discussions whenever the media debates. a coaching position. .

For his part, Flanagan said he hasn’t spoken to the club yet, but it’s clear he’s very interested in the job.

“I haven’t had any conversations with the Bulldogs and I have no idea what their plans are,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB on Saturday.

‘I would love to (coach the Bulldogs), I want to go back to coaching at the NRL level. I think I could do a job there. At this time there has been no contact.

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