Canterbury Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo is urging disillusioned fans to remain hopeful despite the team’s devastating 66-0 defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Knights. The Bulldogs were met with boos from their home crowd as droves of spectators left Accor Stadium early during the one-sided match. This loss matched the team’s previous worst defeat in 2019 against Manly, with only a 1935 match against Eastern Suburbs surpassing both losses. Coach Ciraldo expressed his disappointment, calling it an embarrassing moment for the club.
Ciraldo acknowledged the difficulties the Bulldogs have faced this season but emphasised the importance of resilience during tough times. He commented, “It is what it is. Clubs and teams go through these moments, and it shows your true character. That’s what I’m interested in right now.” Despite the team’s poor results, Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould took to Twitter to apologise for the performance and reaffirm the club’s support for Ciraldo.
Ciraldo, who has won only five matches in his first season as coach, has been given a challenging task by the Bulldogs‘ management. Gould defended the decision, stating, “The fact that he came to us knowing how tough it would be speaks volumes for his character. He will get the club right. Of this, I have no doubt.”
The demoralising loss saw droves of Bulldogs fans leave the stadium at halftime, and the team has now conceded 193 points in their last four defeats. Despite this, Ciraldo ruled out making drastic changes to the team for their upcoming match against South Sydney. He emphasised that the focus should be on changing the culture of the club, rather than seeking short-term fixes for immediate results.
Acknowledging the frustration of Bulldogs fans, Ciraldo stated, “This club expects to win. There’s a lot of history around winning, and the club and fans expect it, and that’s the exciting thing about it.” He emphasised the importance of building a winning culture from the ground up and assured supporters that there will be better times ahead. Although the timeline for success is uncertain, Ciraldo expressed confidence in the team’s direction and the path to achieving their goals.
In conclusion, despite the Canterbury Bulldogs‘ devastating defeat, coach Cameron Ciraldo remains positive and determined to transform the team’s culture into a winning one. He acknowledges the challenging task ahead but believes that with time and support, the Bulldogs will experience brighter days.