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Monday, 13 December, 1999, 20:39 GMT
Giants sued by former coach

Mal Reilly Mal Reilly departed Huddersfield at the end of the season


Former Huddersfield Giants coach Malcolm Reilly is to sue the Super League club for loss of earnings following his departure last season.

Reilly left the McAlpine Stadium club in September after they finished bottom of Super League - but he now insists he did not quit his post.

Huddersfield, though, claim that no money is owed because he left under mutual agreement.

The former Great Britain coach has issued legal proceedings in an attempt to claim the two years' wages he says that he had left on his contract.

And reports suggest that Huddersfield, who recently merged with Sheffield, could be forced to pay up to 250,000 if Reilly's action is successful.

Denial

A statement issued by his solicitors said: "Mr Reilly denies reports that he resigned his position of head coach. The proceedings are in respect of Huddersfield's failure to pay remuneration due to Mr Reilly.

Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy said: "I have no comment to make other than to express my surprise, given that we acted in accordance with the agreement. We will deal with the matter in the proper way."

When the two clubs merged to form the Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants, former Eagles coach John Kear was handed the post of head coach.

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Eagles push Huddersfield closer to drop
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