Jim Dymock wants people to know his ambition. (Tim Hunter)
Jim Dymock wants people to know his ambition. (Tim Hunter)

Dymock ready for Sharks top job

Jim Dymock has declared himself ready and willing to take over as Cronulla's head coach if Shane Flanagan fails to overturn his NRL ban.

Dymock and John Morris have been appointed interim co-head coaches of the Sharks while Flanagan decides whether to appeal the revocation of his accreditation for breaching rules during a 2014 ban.

Flanagan has a deadline of January 31.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg said this week they have significant evidence that Flanagan was involved in player recruitment and coaching matters in 2014 despite being banned from having football related contact with the Sharks while serving a suspension over the infamous peptide scandal.

If Flanagan's ban is upheld, the Sharks will require a new head coach for the 2019 season and Dymock is keen after missing out to Dean Pay for the Bulldogs' top job, prompting his move to Cronulla last year as Flanagan's assistant.

"I think the perception out there is I don't want to be a head coach because I'm pretty laid back and I don't push my own boat, but I have ambitions to be a head coach," Dymock told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I showed my hand last year at the Bulldogs when I wanted the job after Des [Hasler] left, I didn't get the result.

"I didn't want to stay because I think they thought 'We'll give the job to Dean and Jimmy will stay as assistant coach'. That's why I left, I wanted to make sure people knew.


Dymock quit Canterbury when he didn’t get a shot at replacing Hasler. (Mark Evans)
Dymock quit Canterbury when he didn’t get a shot at replacing Hasler. (Mark Evans)


"It's a privilege for me to be involved in rugby league. I've spent 30 years in rugby league as a player and coach. It's not my right to be a head coach, but it's my ambition.

"I've been under some really good coaches, Des Hasler, Shane, Gus Gould, Warren Ryan, Chris Anderson, Kevin Moore, Ricky Stuart, so I've had a lot of coaches I've learned from.

"I've picked up bits and pieces from them and I've got my own spin on it.

"There's a lot of Polynesian boys there that I think I can help out, I know how to deal with those kids because the situations they're going through is exactly what I went through with their parents."

But Dymock is hopeful Flanagan can return.

"Shane has that right to appeal, we don't know what's going to happen, until then the club is still hamstrung a little bit," Dymock said.

"I debuted in 1991 at Wests with Shane, when I went to Parramatta he was starting off as a coach there. After my football career I went to the Roosters and Shane was there, I was the Jersey Flegg coach and he was one of the assistant coaches there, and then we went with Ricky Stuart to Cronulla together and were assistants together.

"I've known Shane for a long time, the situation is very hard. When I vacated my position at the Dogs he gave me a lifeline.

"He's a good friend of mine and hopefully everything goes well with the appeal. First and foremost I hope he's doing well and handling the situation."


No one can be sure who’ll be coaching Cronulla next season. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito)
No one can be sure who’ll be coaching Cronulla next season. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito)


With the club facing financial uncertainty amid speculation they could be taken over by the NRL and relocated, Dymock remains confident the team will survive and also remain a title contender next season.

"Cronulla have always been a tough and resilient side, we've always had a good fan base in the Shire, they're very tough people," he said.

"When the team's backs are against the wall you're going to see the best of them, what they're made of.

"We've made some good signings; Josh Morris with a lot of experience, we've lost Val Holmes but we've brought in some X-factor in Shaun Johnson.

"There's no reason why we can't win the premiership next year."


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