Thu | Oct 17, 2019

Duckie demands $16m pay-off - Sacked Mount Pleasant coach makes severance claim, cites damages for unfair dismissal

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:11 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Axed Mount Pleasant Academy head coach Donovan Duckie is preparing to take legal action against the club for $16 million in unpaid salary and incentives, plus damages, following his dismissal a few weeks ago, The Gleaner has been reliably informed.

Duckie, who was fired by the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) outfit on September 2 following a 2-1 opening-round loss to Harbour View, had two years remaining on his $400,000-a-month contract with the St Ann-based club – a value of $9.6 million, excluding bonuses, for the outstanding period. He is also claiming damages for unfair dismissal.

A copy of the 11-page contract, which was signed by Duckie and Mount Pleasant manager David Galloway, was obtained by The Gleaner and shows an agreement for the period September 1, 2018, to August 31, 2021.

DIFFICULT SUMMER

Duckie, who led Mount Pleasant to the RSPL play-offs in their maiden season during the last campaign, where they finished fourth, has received all monies for the period of his employment with the club, including $1,285,000 in incentives after satisfying the ‘win per game’ ($15,000) and ‘qualification for top six’ ($1-million) bonus clauses in the agreement.

He has, however, endured a torrid summer, first with the national Under-23 team, which failed to advance in their Olympic qualification efforts before struggling to impress at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and then with Mount Pleasant, who got off to a poor start in the RSPL campaign with a loss at home.

The experienced coach, who is said to be struggling to come to grips with the dismissal, would not speak in detail on the matter but did confirm that he has, to date, not received any monies from Mount Pleasant since his dismissal earlier this month.

“To date, I have not received any money from Mount Pleasant, and they have not said anything to me [about] payment,” said Duckie.

AMICABLE RESOLUTION

However, Galloway, who noted that the club has not been formally notified of any impending legal issue, said that he has made contact with Duckie and is hoping that the matter can be resolved amicably.

“We are unaware of the issue. He (Duckie) has no need to do that (pursue legal action). I have spoken to Duckie, and I indicated to him that we are willing to sit down and negotiate,” said Galloway yesterday.

Duckie, who has also had spells at Star Cosmos, St George’s, Sporting Central Academy, Humble Lion, and Waterhouse, joined Mount Pleasant Academy ahead of their debut campaign in the top flight.

He led them to the semi-final of the RSPL after finishing the preliminary round in third place. They lost to eventual champions Portmore United before also falling to Cavalier in the third-place play-off.

He has been replaced by Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis on an interim basis.

robert.bailey@gleanerjm.com