Newton to play hardball after losing Scott and Hurst

David Newton
David Newton

BOSTON United chairman David Newton will be looking for compensation from Grimsby Town, following the resignation of managers Paul Hurst and Rob Scott.

The duo - who quit yesterday (Tuesday) for the Blue Square Bet Premier Mariners - are set to be unveiled as Town’s new bosses this morning.

However, Newton has vowed to play hardball following the manner of his managers’ departure, despite the fact their contracts only had six weeks left to run.

“As far as I am concerned, Grimsby’s approach has been rejected and there is no provision in Rob and Paul’s contracts that allow them to resign,” Newton told The Standard.

“Rob and Paul are, I believe still our managers, although they will not be involved in the day-to-day running of the club.”

 When asked if he has sought legal advice, Newton added: “No. I don’t think there will be need for that. Grimsby are aware of our position.” This suggests that a compensation deal could be thrashed out between the two Lincolnshire clubs.

A figure of approximately £10,000 has been suggested by some sources.

The Mariners approached Newton with a request to speak to Hurst and Scott on Sunday morning, a day after Scott had categorically denied speaking with Grimby Town, the move being rejected by the Boston board. Newton then approached his managers, suggesting confidentiality and additional compensation clauses be written into their contracts, before allowing them to speak to Grimsby. This would also include covering the potential loss of revenue were Boston unable to finish the season in the play-off spots.

However, Newton says his suggestions were turned down by Scott, who, along with Hurst, hoped to go full time next season, whether with Boston or another club.

“We thought this was a reasonable thing to do as most chairmen would just say ‘thanks but no thanks’,” Newton added.

However, with the managers resigning instead of re-writing their contracts, Newton has been left to find a new manager.

He said that yesterday he had approached two separate parties - although he would not divulge whether they were internal or external - with a view to them taking over for the rest of the campaign. He hoped to announce the new appointment to the players at training last night, and publically today.

Newton has also been left with the task of attempting to extend the loans of Darlington’s Kevin Austin and Grant Darley and Jamie Gree, from Rotherham.