Sacked coach sues Roar
BRISBANE Roar have been hit with further legal action, with former coach Mike Mulvey suing the three-time ALeague champions and Gambaro Hotel and Restaurant seeking to have the club wound up for alleged unpaid debts.
Mulvey, sacked by the Roar in November last year, launched District Court action yesterday claiming wages, damages and costs of an overall amount still to be assessed.
Gambaro Pty Ltd has filed a Supreme Court application to wind up the Roar over an alleged June debt of $30,424 that is yet to be paid.
The application is listed for a directions hearing on September 16.
It comes hot on the heels of similar action by the Queensland Rugby Union, who wanted the Roar wound up over more than $60,000 of unpaid Ballymore tenancy rent.
The scheduled court date of August 19 was avoided when the Roar settled the debt the day before.
Interim Roar chief executive officer David Pourre said the current legal action the club faced was being handled by lawyers and declined to comment further.
The Roar’s owners, Indonesian conglomerate the Bakrie Group, have been put on notice by Football Federation Australia, who have threatened to strip them of their licence if they cannot come up with a plan to pay off the club’s debts and make it viable again.
Mulvey, now coaching Malaysian club Sabah FA, claims the Roar have not provided promised remuneration from an amended “third employment agreement” between him and the club’s former managing director Sean Dobson in September last year.
According to the court documents, Mulvey was to be paid $950,000 over three years, as well as a host of incentive payments for milestones achieved by the club during his tenure.
If Mulvey was sacked or left of his own accord, he was to receive an 18-month payout.
Since his sacking, which the banished coach found out about on The Courier-Mail website, Mulvey claims to have received only $25,000 of bonuses relating to the Roar’s 2013-14 championship-winning season and one month’s paid employment.
In the court documents, several alleged conversations between Mulvey and Dobson are cited, as well as a handshake agreement between the pair in regards to the “third employment agreement’’.
But relations seemingly became strained when Dobson allegedly delayed Mulvey’s attempts to sign the amended contract.
In the conversations mentioned in the court papers, Mulvey claims Dobson admitted he “deliberately stalled” on the contract, that Dobson could not honour the agreement, that he had “concerns” about Mulvey but was “committed” to the coach being the Roar’s mentor.
The alleged Gambaro debt relates to accommodation, room service, breakfast and restaurant meals around the time of Spanish club’s Villarreal’s visit to Brisbane to play the Roar in a post-season friendly.