Sacked coach wins €13k from em­ployer

Irish Examiner - - News - Gor­don Dee­gan

The boss of a pro­fes­sional sports team in Ire­land has been awarded €13,000 for un­fair dis­missal af­ter be­ing sum­mar­ily sacked af­ter a heavy de­feat in a match.

In the case be­fore the Work­place Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion (WRC), the sacked coach/man­ager told the com­mis­sion that, af­ter the heavy de­feat, he was called into a meet­ing with the club’s chair­man and board who, he claims, said that “things were not work­ing out” and it was “time to part ways”.

The team boss said he was of­fered the wages out­stand­ing to him at the time and a small sum of money to “walk away”.

He said he told the board that he wanted to keep his job, that he had one year left in his con­tract, and did not want to go.

How­ever, the man told the WRC that he was in­formed in no un­cer­tain terms that his job was gone with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He tried to get in con­tact with the club on many oc­ca­sions since to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion but it has not en­gaged with him.

How­ever, the man has now suc­cess­fully sued his for­mer em­ploy­ers for un­fair dis­missal at the WRC and the club has 42 days in which to pay the award from the date of is­sue of the de­ci­sion.

The man — who com­menced his con­tract with the club in May 2015 — said that the club wanted him out and was look­ing for any ex­cuse, The man told the WRC that he was em­ployed as a man­ager/coach on a two-and-ahalf-year con­tract.

The sport played by the un-named club is not dis­closed in the WRC re­port.

He said that he was paid €800 per week dur­ing the play­ing sea­son and €300 on a re­tainer dur­ing the off-sea­son and worked long hours each week — around 80 hours per week, he said.

He said that as part of his job out­side of the man­age­ment and coach­ing of the team, he was in­volved in the pro­mo­tion of the club and try­ing to gen­er­ate fi­nan­cial spon­sor­ship at lo­cal and na­tional level.

The man said that new in­vest­ment has come into the club and it has re­branded and a new board of man­age­ment is now in place.

The club did not for­ward any writ­ten sub­mis­sions in re­sponse to the com­plaint and did not at­tend the oral hear­ing and no ex­pla­na­tion was put for­ward to the WRC for the non-at­ten­dance.

In his rul­ing, WRC ad­ju­di­ca­tion of­fi­cer James Kelly found that the man­ager was not pro­vided with any fair or rea­son­able op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the club’s con­cerns in re­la­tion to the team’s per­for­mance.

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