You may have missed out on this little item this week, but Piotr Nowak is suing over his termination by the Philadelphia Union.
He had over three years left on his contract, so he may have a case. The trouble is, he’s had to enter his termination letter into evidence. This means it’s now part of the public record.
Those of you that liked Nowak, prepare to be disappointed. Those of you who didn’t like him, he was far worse than you imagined.
[V]arious material breaches of League Rules (including the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement), including physical confrontations with players and officials during a Team game resulting in a fine and multi-game suspension, interfering with the rights of Team players to contact the players’ union with concerns, subjecting Team players to inappropriate hazing activities and engaging in behavior that put the health and safety of Team players at risk.
That’s just the first one. Violating the CBA…kind of ironic for a team called “Union,” ennit?
Other offenses included forcing injured players to train and play against the advice of trainers, disparaging the team and its management, talking to teams in Europe about other jobs and creating a hostile work environment.
It’ll probably be a while before he gets another coaching gig at this level.
Was he like this for DC United and US Soccer?