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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Millward suspended for swearing
Ian Millward
Suspended St Helens coach Ian Millward is in the dock over swearing, his solicitor has revealed.

The 44-year-old Australian was told to stay away from the Super League club pending the outcome of investigations into allegations of misbehaviour.

Solicitor Richard Cramer said the suspension arose out of three incidents of alleged foul language.

"Ian is committed to clearing his name and resolving this," said Cramer, who expects a verdict early next week.

We confirm these [allegations] centre upon three separate swearing incidents
Ian Millward's solicitor Richard Cramer

Assistant coach Dave Rotheram has taken temporary charge of team affairs.

Cramer's statement said: "Since St Helens made the announcement of Ian's suspension, there has been an increasing amount of speculation as to the allegations of gross misconduct.

"For the record, we confirm these centre upon three separate swearing incidents.

"In order to avoid him breaching confidentiality, Ian is unable to specify in detail the precise circumstances.

"He has co-operated fully in the disciplinary process and now awaits the outcome.

"Ian remains disappointed that he has been unable to return to his duties and remains prevented from preparing the first team for tonight's important Challenge Cup-tie against York.

"He has media commitments during the two televised Challenge Cup matches on BBC TV this weekend and would wish to avoid any further speculation and rumours in relation to the circumstances of his suspension and disciplinary proceedings.

"At the specific request of the St Helens chief executive, Ian remains forbidden from speaking to any players, staff, fans, press, sponsors or any third party in relation to the disciplinary proceedings."

On Thursday, Millward told the Liverpool Echo newspaper that he was "devastated" by the club's decision to suspend him.

"This has come completely out of the blue as far as I am concerned," he said.

"I love being coach of St Helens. We have had fantastic success at the club and I want that to continue.

I hope the fans get behind all the backroom staff and the players for the game against York
Sean McGuire
Saints chief executive

"I have got two and a half years left on my contract and I feel we can go on being successful."

Saints chief executive Sean McGuire said the allegations arose out of a number of incidents this season which were "sufficiently serious" to impose the suspension.

McGuire added: "It is a complex legal process that has been brought about because of things that could not be ignored and which have a legal impact.

"We have had to take action and that action has resulted in Ian being suspended. We would like it to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

"I hope the fans get behind all the backroom staff and the players for the game against York because that is fundamentally the only thing that counts."

St Helens skipper Paul Sculthorpe is urging his team-mates not to let the situation upset their quest for league and cup honours.

"It's a complete shock but what we have to do is look after things on the rugby field," said Sculthorpe.




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