Robert Hyde accepts role as Head Coach, Northern Bullants

20 October 2011

Robert Hyde contacted the club today to advise us that he had accepted the role as Head Coach of the Northern Bullants.

Robert Hyde contacted the club today to advise us that he had accepted the role as Head Coach of the Northern Bullants.

Robert did not seek this role, he was contacted out of the blue by Carlton Coach, Brett Ratten. After initially declining Ratten's offer, Carlton amended its initial offer to a point where it was impossible for Robert to refuse.

In advising Craig Connelly of his decision to accept the Bullants coaching position, Robert Hyde said, “…I was very impressed with the vision of the St. Bernard's football club, the development programs you have in place and are putting in place, and the quality of the coaching staff you have assembled in readiness for the 2012 season in Premier division. I sincerely apologise to the football club, the players and supporters. Please understand I did not chase this position. It was offered to me, and, at my age, this probably represents the last opportunity for me to coach at this elite level.'

Robert has agreed to assist in finding suitable candidates who might be interested in the now vacant position of Director, Football Development.

We are extremely disappointed to lose someone of Robert's calibre, but understand the opportunity presented by Carlton to coach at this elite level was something Robert would be naturally attracted to.

We wish Robert all the best in this exciting role for him.

Craig Connelly