Manly and Penrith players have backed Trent Barrett to replace Dean Pay and fix the attacking woes at Canterbury.
Barrett is the early frontrunner to take the reins at Belmore, having enhanced his reputation in his stint as a Panthers assistant coach this year.
NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler, Queensland counterpart Kevin Walters, and ex-Penrith mentor Anthony Griffin have also been named as possible options.
However Barrett, the former Sea Eagles head coach, is widely tipped to land the gig with the Bulldogs reaching out to the Panthers in the past 24 hours.
Returning to Penrith as the attacking coach after his exit from Manly, Barrett has helped transform them to be one of the league's most lethal teams.
Having averaged 17 points a game last year - fourth-worst in the league - Penrith have improved their scoring rate to more than 22 points per game in 2020.
"As you can see, Penrith are playing extremely good football now with what they have," Sea Eagles utility Lachlan Croker said on Tuesday.
"What they did last year probably wasn't what they wanted it to be but where 'Baz' is now and you can see that with his influence.
"It's got his hand prints all over it.
"They're playing a really good attacking style of football.
"I think him being a half and the type of half that he was, you can definitely see it translate into team performances."
The Bulldogs' lack of talent has been exposed during Pay's tenure, having averaged just 10 points per game this year.
They also had a league-worst 14 points a game last season.
However, with an estimated $2 million to head into the player market, the next Canterbury coach will be expected to make the most of a much-improved roster.
Barrett has already proved his pulling power as a coach, having lured Apisai Koroisau from the Sea Eagles to Penrith this season.
Koroisau is widely considered one of the buys of the year.
"Baz knows how Api plays and caters to him," Penrith skipper James Tamou said.
"But he caters to the whole team and I think that's probably what he's good at - working to the team's strengths."
Former Blues coach Laurie Daley ruled himself out of the running on Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday, and also warned Barrett about the perils of taking the job
"If you had that stability there, and you knew you had the support, you would be in a good position because they have money available," Daley said.
"But with the ongoing behind-the-scenes noises, you couldn't say to someone with any certainty, 'go there', because you don't know what's going to happen in 18 months' time.
"You may not be the flavour of the month. And you may be out of a job quickly.
"If it's Trent, he has one more opportunity.
"If he fails at his next job, he's no longer going to be a first-grade coach.
"If he sits back and waits, he will get an opportunity somewhere down the path ... If I was guiding him, I'd be saying to him, 'Be very, very careful'."
Australian Associated Press