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    Bulldogs coach Hasler fires back at Ennis

    Canterbury coach Des Hasler has fired back at former Bulldogs captain Michael Ennis over claims he should be sacked.

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    Des Hasler has hit back at calls from former charge Michael Ennis for him to be sacked, claiming he has no idea of the inner workings of Canterbury.

    Hasler on Tuesday night fronted the NRL club's board as speculation mounts over his future despite earlier in the year signing a two-year contract extension.

    The premiership-winning coach claimed his position wasn't discussed, describing it as a regular meeting of the club's directors.

    "It received more media focus than the G20. It was just a run of the mill board meeting discussing various issues and budgets, boring things like that," Hasler said.

    The subject of his future was raised again after their 30-point drubbing at the hands of Brisbane last week, with former Bulldogs captain Ennis claiming Hasler should be cut.

    "In all honesty, his time's up," Ennis told Fox Sports' On The Couch With Sterlo.

    "They really haven't evolved, in my opinion, with the style of football they play."

    Despite the speculation, and suggestions assistant Jim Dymock was set to take over, Hasler remains focused on moving forward.

    "People are entitled to comment and have an opinion," Hasler said.

    "That particular set have to make comment. It's a democracy, you can express what you want.

    "I think when you're looking from the outside in, you can't have that clarity. It's just an opinion."

    Ennis, who served under Hasler at the Bulldogs from 2012-14, said Canterbury have "got their recruitment and retention horribly wrong" and questioned their acquisition of NSW prop Aaron Woods for next season.

    "People may think that's bitter because I left the place, but it's (former players they let go) Dale Finucane, Marty Taupau," Ennis said.

    "What does Aaron Woods bring to the side that James Graham, Sam Kasiano and Aiden Tolman don't do?

    "... he's a guy who's going to get through his 15-20 hit-ups per game and he's going to get through his 30-35 tackles. That's what James Graham does."

    The Bulldogs, who have won seven games this season, are set to miss the finals for the first time since Hasler's arrival at Belmore in 2012.

    Furthermore, 2017 is shaping as the least successful season of his illustrious coaching career.

    Only in his rookie season at Manly in 2004 -- when his side won only nine games -- did he fail to make the finals.


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