Dismissal leaves boxing club coach baffled

Dismissed South Holland Boxing Academy head coach John Sutton with boxer Eli Frankham. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-09MD
Dismissed South Holland Boxing Academy head coach John Sutton with boxer Eli Frankham. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-09MD
0
Have your say

BOXING coach John Sutton is reeling from knockout blows after losing his job and being axed from South Holland Boxing Academy.

Mr Sutton (53) lost his job as a forklift truck engineer with a materials handling company and believes he can claim constructive dismissal.

After losing his job, he pressed ahead with a family holiday in June on the Norfolk Broads.

But he came home to a bombshell letter from the Holbeach club telling him his voluntary services as head coach were “no longer required” .

He said: “I have got no reasons in the letter. That’s all it said – I am no longer required. I have asked for reasons. Nobody’s given me any.”

Mr Sutton founded the academy with the late John King, the respected boss of a house building company, and spent hours coaching youngsters over the last two years.

He had no inkling anything was wrong although he claims people were “whispering in corners”.

Mr Sutton asked for a copy of the minutes from the committee meeting in which he was “voted off” – but that was refused.

He says the academy has also refused to let him address the committee.

Mr Sutton claims he cannot set foot in the premises again once he’s collected his belongings, but wants people to know he has not walked out.

• As we went to press, academy chairman Lin Secker had not returned our call to comment on the situation.