Dean Pay has stepped down from his role as head coach of Canterbury Bulldogs with immediate effect.
Both parties agreed that it was in the best interests of the individual and the club to part ways.
The decision was reached after a meeting between Pay and the club following Saturday’s loss to Brisbane.
Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said: “These situations are always tough, particularly when they involve someone who has been part of the Bulldogs family for a long time.
“The fact is though that the club and Dean have decided that we needed to move in a different direction to take the team forward and Dean was in agreement that now was the right time for both parties to part ways.
“We did not rush into this decision and have taken our time to look at what was best for the club in regard to success moving forward.
“I’d like to thank Dean for his contribution over the past three years and all the hard work and passion he has given to the club.”
Pay added: “I’d like to thank the Bulldogs for the opportunity to be the head coach at a club that has always meant so much to me.”
Steve Georgallis will act as interim head coach until an appointment is made by the Bulldogs.
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