Clarke vs Watson: Arthur’s explosive faction claims

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    Former Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has reportedly made claims of a fractured team environment between captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson, in legal documents which seek up to $4 million in compensation, or his job back from Cricket Australia, claiming racial discrimination.

    Arthur was sacked last month before the start of the Ashes series, CA claiming he failed to arrest declining standards of discipline in the team.

    But Arthur is taking CA to court as he seeks payments and compensation through to the end of his 2015 contract.

    He was reportedly on a $400,000 a year salary with bonuses of up to $200,000 per annum.

    The Seven Network reported the documents tendered to court by Arthur showed a fractured team environment with captain Michael Clarke and star allrounder Shane Watson at odds.

    “There was major tension between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson,” Seven reported from Arthur’s document of claim.

    The network also alleged Clarke had described Watson and his faction as “a cancer”, with Arthur calling himself the “meat in the sandwich” in the imbroglio.

    Arthur also allegedly said that Watson had tipped him off about the incident in which Australian opener David Warner punched English batsman Joe Root in a bar before the series start.

    The incident proved to be the last straw for CA, who sacked Arthur shortly thereafter.

    Warner was subsequently fined and suspended, and missed selection for Australia in the first Test.

    Arthur went on to say in the tendered document that CA did not support him over the ‘homeworkgate affair’ where four players were stood down from a Test in India for failing to do an assignment.

    He alleged that he was discriminated against because he was from South Africa and did not understand the Australian way.

    “We’re disappointed it has come to this position but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on this matter and I’m sure it will get resolved in an appropriate fashion,” CA lawyer Dean Kino told Seven.

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    • July 16th 2013 @ 7:10pm
      Jayvan Collins said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

      I guess his settlement negotiations with CA weren’t going very well.

      Unfortunately this just comes across as a bitter and unprofessional individual.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 7:17pm
        BBA said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:17pm | ! Report

        Not sure if the term unprofessional solely applies to the individual. CA appointed him, CA sacked him, if they did it illegally then it will cost them. In any case the people who appointed him would seem to me to be as liable for his failures, as he is liable for individuals in his team’s failures.

        • July 16th 2013 @ 11:17pm
          JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

          Cods wallop – I’m glad you don’t work for Fair Work Australia, err hang on, maybe you do?

        • Roar Guru

          July 17th 2013 @ 12:10am
          AdamS said | July 17th 2013 @ 12:10am | ! Report

          4 million for a 400k job on a short contract?
          Not sure how that works out.
          He had what, 2 years left?
          I thought they would have lobbed 800k at him and told him to go on garden leave.
          He now officially has zero chance of coaching a tier one nations again..

          What a sook.

      • Roar Guru

        July 16th 2013 @ 7:27pm
        The Bush said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

        Yeah, Arthur is the unprofessional one here… Ha

      • July 16th 2013 @ 10:01pm
        Deep Thinker said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

        We will see. If you are in a high paid job and they terminate your contract wrongfully, you are entitled to compensation. None of us know what is in the contract – I guess it comes down to a question of whether he was sacked in bad faith, in which case, he could be entitled to compensation. Discrimination would help his case on the bad faith argument.

        If he has been wrongfully terminated, then CA are the unprofessional ones. Mickey Arthur is entitled to be bitter if this has occurred.

        • July 16th 2013 @ 11:21pm
          JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:21pm | ! Report

          Bollocks! Any half decent employment contract contains performance measures and KPIs. These are the ludicrously fanciful claims of some sleazy no win/no fee opportunistic lawyer who lacks the wit and the capacity to chase 3 wheeled ambulances. The claims destroy any credibility he had and further CAs case in my professional view.

          A smart man would have walked away with his mouth shut and his head held high!

      • July 16th 2013 @ 10:26pm
        James said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

        he does come across as bitter and a little unprofessional but then 4 players in the australian get told to do a very easy job of writing something down and fail to do it, another gets drunk and fights and clarke and watson have both had instances in the past that are just as unprofessional. simply because he is bitter doesnt mean he is the only one, i think ca should have backed him more when he had the job or just let him go earlier. the manager needs to know he is the boss and has the backing of the employers or he is useless.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:15pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:15pm | ! Report

        Concur JC…what a pillock Arthur is…”discrimination” for being a white South African, surely not. That nuffy has become a laughing stock. Stand firm CA, this twerp’s ambit claim can be settled by offering a packet of iced vo vo’s…no more!

        Reinstatement, fair dinkum he wouldn’t get a job for Ringling Bros circus after that escapade. Grrrr…I’m so angry with you Mickey.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:15pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:15pm | ! Report

        Concur JC…what a pillock Arthur is…”discrimination” for being a white South African, surely not. That nuffy has become a laughing stock. Stand firm CA, this twerp’s ambit claim can be settled by offering a packet of iced vo vo’s…no more!

        Reinstatement, fair dinkum he wouldn’t get a job for Ringling Bros circus after that escapade. Grrrr…I’m so angry with you Mickey.

    • July 16th 2013 @ 7:12pm
      Bradm said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

      Next lawsuit will come from Ed Cowan if he is dropped from the team.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 10:43pm
        pope paul v11 said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

        That’s a beauty Braddles!

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:25pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

        LMFAO – spot on! 😀

    • July 16th 2013 @ 7:14pm
      davos said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

      So watso was the dobber ? according to mickey anyway …I tend to believe him. I wrote it in another post…. but maybe its time we moved on from watso … I have a feeling the team will ultimately benefit

      • July 16th 2013 @ 7:40pm
        handles said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:40pm | ! Report

        Watson was the dobber? Well, for that to have had any effect at all, Joe Root must have decided that he wasn’t going to tell anyone. Given the “English Cricketer Assaulted” headlines that followed the next day, I hardly think that was likely.

        The idea that anybody knew and did not tell the coach is ridiculous.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 8:06pm
        polly said | July 16th 2013 @ 8:06pm | ! Report

        Maybe Watson felt aggrieved that such a mountain could be made out of the homework molehill yet team management may have been quite happy to ignore a criminal act ? Just speculation on my part but I could understand it.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:26pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:26pm | ! Report

        Concur Davos!

    • Roar Guru

      July 16th 2013 @ 7:15pm
      Hossey said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

      Some pretty ordinary timing, two days out from the second test. Cheers Mickey.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 8:34pm
        Jo M said | July 16th 2013 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

        Not cheers Mickey, cheers Channel 7 and whoever leaked the documents to them.

    • July 16th 2013 @ 7:16pm
      Bradm said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

      Racial discrimination???? There was only poor Khawaja who wasn’t the same race as Mickey Arthur and if anything it looked like Khawaja was the one who was getting a rough deal.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 7:24pm
        Renegade said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

        “There was only poor Khawaja who wasn’t the same race as Mickey Arthur ”

        Arthur coached Australia mate, not England…..we don’t have any South Africans in our team!

        • July 16th 2013 @ 7:27pm
          Bradm said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

          Since when South African is a race. Country of origin is hardly a basis for discrimination claims if race is not involved.

          • July 16th 2013 @ 8:06pm
            Renegade said | July 16th 2013 @ 8:06pm | ! Report

            Oh goodness….SMH…

          • July 16th 2013 @ 10:03pm
            Deep Thinker said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

            Bradm – nice little word play. Perhaps discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity will satisfy you?

          • Roar Guru

            July 16th 2013 @ 10:07pm
            Mick Gold Coast QLD said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

            Eh?

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:29pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

        Discrimination, how dare that clueless dullard (remember, when India were whipping them the point to the stupid homework fiasco was to give that cretin ideas!) play the race card. Mandela must be rolling on his life support at that one!!

    • July 16th 2013 @ 7:39pm
      Jonny Boy Jnr said | July 16th 2013 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

      Watson should not be criticised for speaking out about Warner. Anyone who takes aim at him about that is a disgrace!

      I agree if he doesn’t fire this series then he’s in serious trouble but if he outperforms Warner and Cowan then either one of them has to go first.

      • July 16th 2013 @ 8:11pm
        davos said | July 16th 2013 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

        whats wrong with keeping your mouth shut about things that don’t really concern you and getting on with the job ….putting the team dynamic/harmony before your own petty indignation or perceived sights or selfish desired batting posn…to me it just proves the character of the man …he also went on tv and in the media catergorically denying any involvement in giving warner up…one of em is lying…I tend to believe mickey …the biggest disgrace is watsos behavior inmho

        • July 16th 2013 @ 8:35pm
          Jo M said | July 16th 2013 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

          Watto has always been the problem in the team, nothing has changed.

          • July 17th 2013 @ 3:55am
            Craig2 said | July 17th 2013 @ 3:55am | ! Report

            That is total garbage!

        • Roar Guru

          July 16th 2013 @ 9:02pm
          Simon said | July 16th 2013 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

          What about the bloke he punched and the coach who was willing to cover it up? Not such a disgrace? What a nightmare of a comment lol

          • July 16th 2013 @ 9:11pm
            Renegade said | July 16th 2013 @ 9:11pm | ! Report

            +1

          • July 16th 2013 @ 9:37pm
            davos said | July 16th 2013 @ 9:37pm | ! Report

            who gives a f..k he slapped a pom ..harden up

            • July 16th 2013 @ 10:05pm
              Felix said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

              Wow, thanks for dumbing down my evening davos. Save that for a rugby league forum sport.

              • July 16th 2013 @ 10:09pm
                davos said | July 16th 2013 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

                my reply to that comes courtesy of another forum poster ..go and watch home and away or neighbours …if you cant handle a little reality

              • July 16th 2013 @ 11:38pm
                JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

                Spot on Felix, love your work mate!

              • July 17th 2013 @ 7:32am
                Renegade said | July 17th 2013 @ 7:32am | ! Report

                Why would he save it for a rugby league forum??

                I don’t think his mum knows he is on the internet…

        • July 16th 2013 @ 9:41pm
          Tasman said | July 16th 2013 @ 9:41pm | ! Report

          +1

        • July 16th 2013 @ 11:33pm
          JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

          Gee Davos, have you played team sport? Anybody who has knows the weakest link is the team’s weakest link. On that basis it does concern Watto and good for him to stand up, be honest, say what had to be said and cop ill wind from weevils like you 😛

          • July 17th 2013 @ 6:55am
            Varun said | July 17th 2013 @ 6:55am | ! Report

            Well said JMW

      • July 16th 2013 @ 11:30pm
        JMW said | July 16th 2013 @ 11:30pm | ! Report

        +100 Johnny Boy 😉

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