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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Union wants protection for bosses
Former Hearts manager George Burley
Burley is one of two managers who exited Hearts this term
Scotland's players' union wants football clubs prevented from hiring new managers until they have settled compensation with their previous ones.

The news comes as Alan Kernaghan is refusing to leave Dundee until he has agreed a parting payment.

Players' Union secretary Fraser Wishart told BBC Sport: "There's nothing to protect managers and coaches.

"We would like clubs told they can't bring in a new manager until they have satisfied the previous one."

Hearts are presently under the charge of interim manager Valdas Ivanauskas but already parted company with George Burley and Graham Rix this season.
Managers should be given time to develop their ideas
Fraser Wishart

And the latest situation at Dundee has led to calls by the players union, which also covers managers and coaches, for some kind of protection for managers.

"I think playes are fortunate in that, under normal circumstances, clubs cannot just terminate their contracts," said Wishart.

"But protection for managers and coaches is something we have to start looking at.

"If managers are being attracted and then changed every few months, it does not do the game or the club any good.

"I've spoken to Alex Smith of the managers and coaches association and we're agreed on this.

"We want to see managers being given the chance of progress and given time to develop their own ideas.

"You can only do that if clubs are prevented from changing their managers every five minutes."


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Kernaghan demands cash to leave
19 Apr 06 |  Dundee


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