Middlesbrough are suing the club, along with four of Garry Monk’s backroom staff James Beattie, Darryl Flahavan, Sean Rush and Ryan Needs, according to Gazzette Live.
The four coaches were put on gardening leave by Boro, but they then resigned to move to St Andrews.
On Twitter, fans are finding the whole situation a bit ridiculous:
Wasn't complaining when they took the 3 points off us.
— Mark Jones (@Marrrrkkkkk) April 25, 2018
erm what ?
— jackowen (@jackowenn8) April 25, 2018
They wasn't moaning when they bit us tho!!
— Nathan (@nathancarty112) April 25, 2018
Go away Boro,nothing to see here…#JEALOUSLY
— Sid (@Shaun21979330) April 25, 2018
If they were so desperate for him not to work elsewhere, perhaps they shouldn't have fired him…
— N (@NatJPeters) April 25, 2018
I’m suing my kids for stealing my sanity?!
— ceire francis (@CeireFrancis) April 25, 2018
So #Boro fear that relegation threatened & broke #bcfc will nick players players who they pay low wages too. Never heard of sacking a manager & then preventing him from working with his coaches for a period of time. pic.twitter.com/rESztJwvCH
— iSabreman (@iSabreman) April 25, 2018
— . (@MonktheMessiah) April 25, 2018
— Blues polls (@BluesNews75) April 25, 2018
According to Middlesbrough’s lawyers, the four staff members shouldn’t have been allowed back to work at another club until December 28th 2018. Much of their concern surrounds the fact that the coaches have inside knowledge about the Teesiders.
They possess information on player recruitment, youth players and other potentially sensitive information that Boro say we can take advantage of because we are in the same league.
I’m not a legal expert so I won’t go into the details of contract law but it’s a strange situation, to say the least. It’s not unusual for a manager and his staff to manage two different clubs in the same league during the same season. We’ll just have to see how this pans out.