Law and disorder, just another week at United

David Newton
David Newton

BOSTON United chairman David Newton has taken legal action against Grimsby Town and former managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst. Yes, it’s just another tumultuous week in the life of Boston United.

Papers have been served against the two former bosses, who resigned from their York Street posts last Tuesday to take over at Blundell Park, as Newton says they have breached their contracts.

He is also taking action against the Mariners for an ‘inducement to breach’.

Newton claims there was no ‘mechanism’ in Scott and Hurst’s contracts which would allow them to resign and walk away from York Street.

They had six weeks remaining on their contracts when they left.

However, Newton has blasted the legal action as ‘totally unneccessary’, adding that he was willing to let his managers leave for Grimsby once the parties had met to discuss compensation, after initially denying Town the opportunity to speak with his then-managers.

“We put some terms that were about confidentiality to Rob and Paul, but they declined those and decided to leave the club, which they can’t do as they’re still under contract,” Newton said.

“That’s left us in a difficult situation and we’ve had to take action, which is a sad end to their reign here.” Newton has also added he is considering reporting Grimsby to the Football Association for an illegal approach, as Hurst was registered as a player, although he never played for the Pilgrims.

A statement issued by Grimsby chairman John Fenty said: “We have received papers from Boston United and will be dealing with them in due course.

“We do not accept any claims of wrong-doing.”

Fenty also said he ‘understood there was a release clause’ in the managers’ contracts, something Newton denies.

Former United striker Jason Lee and current defender Lee Canoville have taken over the helm from Scott and Hurst in a joint coaches capacity.

Their first match in charge was Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Solihull Moors.

Lee is currently weighing up his options ahead of tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet North transfer deadline.

He said: “We will try, but we will only bring somebody in if they can add to the group we have got. We have got a good group.

“They need to come in and have the right attitude and enthusiasm. We are not going to bring anybody in who has not got those things. They have got to have desire. That’s what we are looking for from here onwards.”