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Connor locked out


FORMER Caps United coach Sean Connor was last night locked out of his lodgings at a lodge in Avondale due to non-payment of rentals.

Report by Sports Correspondent

Connor is staying at the lodge while waiting the finalisation of the matter with his former employers after he sued them for breach of contract while former Highlanders coach, Mukhuphali Masuku has been staying at the same lodge, as the club is still looking for his accommodation.

Connor’s manager Denford Mtashu said last night: “He has been locked out of lodge. He is homeless right now.”

Connor said last night: “I have been locked out since 2pm. It’s eight o’clock now, a total of six hours and the hotel would not even allow me in. My laptop is in there and I communicate with my son every night, but they would not let me in. Max (Mironga), was supposed to come here to sign some papers, but he has not.”

Caps United chief executive Maxwell Mironga, however, had earlier said there was a delay in the transfer of the rental fees and that the issue had since been resolved.

“I don’t think it is an issue at all because it has since been resolved. There was a delay in the transfer of the money and the officials at the lodge threatened to evict the coach. The money had not reflected in their account by 3pm on Wednesday and they insisted they were going to block the coach, but we had paid already. It was later resolved when we showed them a hard copy of the transfer of the money. It’s not an issue at all,” said Mironga.

He declined to disclose the amount they owed the lodge.

Later last night, it emerged that Connor had actually been locked out while calls could not be received by Mironga’s mobile. Farai Jere, the club’s vice president, was not picking up his phone.

Connor had been staying at the lodge since he was dismissed as Caps coach in August following a defeat to Hwange.

The Northern Irishman, who had signed a two-year deal in January to be reviewed every year, believed his dismissal was unprocedural and unilateral and that the way Caps management handled the whole issue was shabby.

He is suing the club for breach of contract. Connor was earning $4 000 per month and guaranteed $400 in winning bonuses.

He is reported to have compromised on his salary, as he had agreed with the club management that he would get 10% of transfer fees for facilitating transfer of any of the players to Europe.

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