New suspended after internal investigation
Tue Jun 12, 2012 : 20:34
Assistant Manager Sean New has been suspended by the Hawks’ Board following an internal investigation in the wake of revelations that he had been convicted of selling Ł11,000 worth of power tools on ebay stolen from the company he worked for.
The investigation turned up numerous non-disclosures by New both prior to and following his appointment with the Hawks, and the suspension will take immediate effect.
Hawks Secretary Trevor Brock was quick to reassure fans that the move is in the best interests of the club.
“The club appointed New in good faith,” He said.
“But afterwards certain matters came to light that we have to take very seriously. Because of this it is best that New is suspended forthwith.
“The club were aware of his recent court appearance and conviction for theft, but it transpires that he kept certain disclosures in his past from us. We feel as his employer that these matters are material to his employment.
“The club believes these matters would have an adverse and detrimental effect on our reputation, the supporters, and the general public.
“Over the years we have built up an exemplary reputation within the non-league game and we regard that as important. We are not prepared to put that at risk.”
In a bid to stamp out further rumours surfacing, the Hawks have also now revealed that links between Westleigh Park and striker Elvis Hammond were part of a deal being orchestrated by New. Hammond’s conviction for money laundering last week has also ruled out any possibility of the former Woking player pulling on a Hawks shirt.
While Hawks Boss Stuart Ritchie will temporarily continue to manage the side alone, it is thought that the Hawks will make quick moves to replace New with a further external appointment.
Ritchie is also still actively looking to expand his squad, with Vice-Chairman Jim Fallon last night willing to admit that several deals with money hungry players have fallen at the last hurdle.
“We’ve been within inches of two potential signings in the last week,” he said in frustration.
“We’re still looking to add proven experience to the side in key positions, but we’re not prepared to break the budget to do it.”
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