Southend United sack groundsman
Southend United have sacked their groundsman following their postponement against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the first postponement at Roots Hall since January 2013.
Ken Hare had been at the club for 27 years but lost his job with a club statement saying "People generally lose their position as a result of not doing their job."
The IOG, who are the professional body for groundsmen and groundsmanship in the UK, have responded to the news by issuing the following statement.
"The dismissal of the Southend United FC groundsman, who is an IOG member, brings immediate questions and concerns - and we are engaged urgently in determining the facts behind this action, through appropriate enquiries. The club’s action has attracted national media attention which reflects the shock across the groundscare industry with the sacking of a long-serving professional groundsman with over 27 years’ dedicated service to the club."
The statement added "The club’s action appears to demean both the profession of groundsmanship and, of course, the individual concerned, who surely deserves more respect than appears to be the case, on the facts available so far. Obtaining the necessary information is now an urgent priority for all of us at the IOG; to be able to provide the appropriate level of support to one of our members."