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Plan to protect bosses.

SCOTTISH football managers could be given a new safety net to protect them if they're sacked without compensation.

The new body would be set up by the SFL or the SFA to arbitrate in disputes and avoid costly legal battles.

England already run such a scheme and the new proposal will be discussed by Scotland's managers and the game's authorities this month.

John McCormack, now boss of Queen's Park, had to go months without a penny before he settled with Dundee and Iain Munro waited 18 months before Raith paid up after axing him.

The Scottish Managers and Coaches Association have been in discussion with their English counterparts, who are given protection.

They want all contracts to be lodged with either the SFA and SFL so that the details can be made fully available to an arbitrating body should a dispute arise.

If a boss is then sacked during his contract, the remaining balance should be lodged with the body within 14 days.

If clubs fail to comply, then action can be taken on the employee's behalf instead of getting the courts involved.

Secretary Allan McGraw said: "We need something in place to protect managers.

"We will be having talks with the League and the SFA this month and I think they will agree to set up a body.

"I've been talking with John Barnwell of the Managers and Coaches Association in England and I think we have to go down the same lines as them. Very few cases go to court."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 7, 1999
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