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Hearts ordered to pay ex-coach Duncan $40,000 landmark compensation package

Posted On Thursday, 9th January 2014
Ghanaian giants Accra Hearts of Oak  have been ordered to pay their former coach David Duncan a compensation package of about $40,000 (GHc86,500) for the unlawful dismissal of the manager, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

David Duncan is smiling to the bank as he will get $40,000

Coach David Duncan has won the biggest compensation package in the history of Ghana football after Accra giants Accra Hearts of Oak were ordered to pay their former trainer a severance package of $40,000 (GHc86,500), GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The Status Committee of the Ghana Football Association slapped the huge fine on the Accra-based side on Thursday after the coach had reported the club to the federation claiming unlawful dismissal, GHANAsoccernet.com can report.

It is the biggest compensation pay-off for anyone in the history of the local league which is likely to have an effect on future erratic sacking coaches in the in Ghanaian top-flight.

The Status Committee upheld the view of the trainer that he was illegally dismissed without the necessary compensation due him when he was fired by the former African champions.

The Phobians were also slapped with a GHc 5,000 fine over the conduct of their lawyers after they failed to appear before the committee in a previous sitting.

They have two weeks to pay the fine or could be docked points if they fail to meet the deadline set by the GFA.

The ruling is a massive financial setback for the Accra side whilst the management of the club will not escape blame for not negotiating a severance package with Duncan.

The 50-year-old brought a case against his former club to the Ghana FA over how he was dismissed by the Phobians.

Duncan’s representatives argued that the contract of their client was illegally terminated as stated in the labour laws of Ghana.

The ex-AshantiGold trainer demanded more money in damages despite being offered three months of his salary worth GHS 21,000 (about $10,000) which he rejected.

Hearts on the other hand argue no law was broken in their dismissal of Duncan which prompted the coach to report the matter to the Ghana FA’s Status Committee.

The arbitrary body delivered the landmark judgement which has sent shockwaves throughout the football community as Duncan smiles all the way to the bank.

Hearts have had to deal with these boardroom difficulties while trying to placate their stubbornly irate fans over the unpopular the decision to sack Duncan.

The Phobians have fallen behind in their pursuit for the Ghana Premier League title and are now 3rd –seven points adrift leaders and rivals Asante Kotoko at the end of the first half of the season.

Coach Duncan joined the Phobian club in November last year after coach C.K Akunnor was relieved of  his duties and in his place David Duncan was appointed the new Head Coach.

The former Ashgold coach led Hearts from 14th position to fifth after an impressive run in the second half of the season.

The 50-year-old also got Hearts of Oak to a first semi-final appearance in the FA Cup in 13 years. They lost 2-1 to Medeama in the semi-finals of the 2012/13 MTN FA CUP.

David Duncan won his first trophy for Accra Hearts of Oak on the 1st July, 2013 when his team beat their season nemesis, Medeama 2-0 to win the 2013 Ghalca President’s Cup.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. adonten says:

    oh ye wa. Togbe you will see your size. Let Nyaho help you to pay off the fine

  2. Free free says:

    This is good news for the board of directors and the Managing director. For they have more than enough to pay. A word to a wise is enough. Phoooooobia masters in everything.

  3. Dr Who says:

    the status commitee of the GFA are jokers indeed….where have they been all these years?

  4. Fred B Kyeremeh says:

    Why are they jokers? What have they done wrong? Would appreciate your position if you can throw further light on it.Thanx

  5. Terror says:

    oyiwa, boko haram tactics will always bring this good for nothing club into disrepute

  6. thomas tabri says:

    WHEN U WANT TO DO SOMETHING, WITH THE GREATERS RESPECT AND MAJORITY OF THE CONCERN PUBLIC SAYS NO OR EVEN 90% SAYS NO YOU HAVE TO LISTEN REGARDLESS OF YOUR POSITION OR BEEN WHATEVER. AND NO WONDER IT HAS LANDED US IN THIS SITUATION.WHY SHOULDN’T THEY PAY NOT EVEN A PECIWA SHOULD BE LEFT OUT.FOR ME I DON’T BLAME TOGBE BUT THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THE DECISION.

  7. thomas tabri says:

    WHEN YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE GREATERS RESPECT,AND MAJORITY OF CONCERN PUBLIC SAYS NO OR EVEN 90% SAYS NO YOU HAVE TO LISTEN REGARDLESS OF YOUR POSITION OR BEEN WHATEVER.AND NO WONDER IT HAS LANDED US IN THIS SITUATION,WHY SHOULDN’T THEY PAY NOT EVEN A PECIWA SHOULD BE LEFT OUT.FOR ME I DON’T BLAME TOGBE BUT THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THE DECISION.

  8. Allen says:

    This is a good one by the GFA,next time Coaches will not be treated this way.One of the finest coaches and you handle him this way.No wonder I have stop going to watch matches because I realize this board cant help hearts of oak with such a poor decision.

  9. don king says:

    ooooo duncan y now? yu shld have gone in 4 all damages, i listened to ur lawyer dis evening n asempa sport night show, nd he said yu guys decided to accept just dis on, whiles yu cld have opted for all d other damages, aniway God bless yu 4 dat consideration. i know nyaho nd his cronies have enough cash to pay this money, since they are the majority share holders in d club, FIRE BURN THEM PAAA, this people, if yu fail to listen to ur followers as a leader, dis what mostly happens. mtchew, nw wer a some of d kotoko supporters who were in support of all this? it pays to listen, nd dnt 4get its likely heart of oak wll go back to where Duncan came to pick the team frm, its just NATURE, phoooooooooooooobia…. masters indeed, mtchew

  10. Fred says:

    We should stop going to the stadium other wise we will be paying the fine indirectly for them.





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