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CURLE WINS CASE FOR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL
4/August/2006 23:17:17

Ex-Stags' boss wins unfair dismissal hearing
CHAD website, 04 August 2006

FORMER Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle has won his case for wrongful dismissal by the Stags.
Manchester County Court was told this week that Curle (42) was sacked just before Christmas 2004, accused of bullying a youth team player - a charge which he always denied.

But after a two-day hearing, Judge Field QC today cleared Curle of any wrongdoing, saying he had acted 'appropriately, professionally and fairly' at all times.

The judge, who also awarded Curle undisclosed damages, went on to criticise the club's disciplinary process as 'a sham'

Curle said: "I'm delighted. The case was never about money, but about clearing my name. I've got nothing against the Mansfield fans, but this really was necessary to clear my name."

Stags chief executive Keith Haslam told Radio Mansfield: "I am shocked, but that's the risk of going to court.

"We have got to accept the verdict and get on with it. This happened almost two years ago, we have now moved on and have a good young squad, a bright manager and are looking forward to a great season

"Let's just look to the future, everyone is enthusiastic after pre=season. Season ticket sales are 10-15% up on last year, everything is looking bright.

"Everyone's got a smile on their face, everyone is happy and this is a new start."

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Curle wins payout from Mansfield
teamtalk.com and football365.com and other sources

Former England international Keith Curle has won his case for damages for wrongful dismissal against former club Mansfield Town.

Curle has now won undisclosed damages from the Field Mill club following a Manchester County Court ruling in his favour.

The 42-year-old was sacked in December 2004, with the Stags - who he guided to the play-off final the season before - accusing him of bullying a youth-team player.

Curle, who had a nine-month spell in charge of Chester until February this year, has always strenuously denied the allegations and quickly launched legal action against his former employers.

Manchester County Court Judge Field QC cleared Curle of any wrongdoing, saying that he had acted "appropriately, professionally and fairly" at all times, while describing Mansfield's disciplinary process as "a sham".

Curle said: "I'm delighted. The case was never about money, but about clearing my name. I've got nothing against the Mansfield fans but this really was necessary to clear my name."

The former Manchester City defender's agent Charles Collymore added: "With this millstone removed from Keith's neck we can get on with finding him a job in the near future."

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flashback:
Curle sacking is upheld
CHAD website, 01 March 2005

THE Keith Curle saga continues at Field Mill and the former manager now looks likely to take the club to the High Court for 'wrongful dismissal'.
But this week's decision to uphold the original Curle sacking decision now looks likely to see Carlton Palmer appointed as full time manager.
Curle was dismissed as manager after being suspended pending an investigation over internal allegations of 'bullying'.
Curle, sacked after an independent inquiry into the allegations, subsequently appealed against that decision, sparking another internal investigation by a different independent person.
Curle revealed the first was presided over by Alan Meale MP and the second by one of the club's associate directors.


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