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Mickey Arthur calls in the lawyers

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 12, 2013

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Mickey Arthur during a press conference, Bristol, June 24, 2013
Mickey Arthur has hired a legal team to explore concerns about the manner of his exit © Getty Images

Mickey Arthur, the former Australia coach, has hired a law firm in order to seek greater compensation after he was sacked by Cricket Australia last month. Arthur, who was on contract until the 2015 World Cup, was dumped in June and immediately replaced by Darren Lehmann, previously the coach of Queensland.

Having returned home to Australia where he had indicated he would continue to live, Arthur has hired a legal team to explore concerns about the manner of his exit. According to a report in the Australian, Arthur received no notice of termination or any suggestion that he was in breach of contract.

Arthur was sacked on June 24 over what CA called failures of discipline, consistency of behaviour and accountability. He is believed to have been given three months' pay under a severance agreement, and is pursuing a more significant amount. It is possible that CA and Arthur will reach a settlement to avoid going to litigation

At the time of his removal, Arthur had accepted responsibility for events that occurred on his watch, refusing to publicly criticise CA or his players. "The reality is when you take a job on as head coach you are totally responsible for the outcomes," Arthur had said in Bristol. "The players are a young group learning the way. I'm very structured in the way I go about things. I'm a man of principle, I try and get the team going in one direction because I firmly believe a team with culture is a successful team.

"I don't feel let down by the players at all. At the end of the day you live and die by the sword and I gave this job 100% of my time over the last couple of years. The disappointing thing is I thought we were nearly there to cracking it, I really do. I take responsibility for it."

Australia won 10 of their 19 Tests during Arthur's time in charge but he faced a few challenging times earlier in 2013, both on and off the field. The 4-0 defeat in India was overshadowed by the so-called homework sackings halfway through the trip.

The Champions Trophy campaign, in which Australia failed to win a match, was also dominated by events away from the game, when David Warner punched England batsman Joe Root in a pub. Warner was suspended until the first Ashes Test but the incident raised questions about player discipline in the Australian team.

A few days following Arthur's removal, the CA chief executive James Sutherland admitted that Arthur had been a "scapegoat" for the under-performance of the team. "To some extent, people will no doubt say Mickey Arthur is a scapegoat in this and, to some extent, he is," Sutherland had said. "But realistically, as head coach you need to take responsibility for the performance of the team."

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Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Well, the have a beer and a laugh alternative is working out just great!

Australia at the moment are just bad, really bad. Time will tell just how bad Arthur was, but I personally doubt that there will be any great improvement soon.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Coaches & the Board (Selection Committee) must go hand in hand or its like hand in gloves.There are bad times also face it either way. Coaches must give suggestions in such way that Board (Selection Committee) 100% result is achived. The differences must be sorted out amicibaly.There should not be harsh things btn. both the parties. Homework has to be done from both the sides & see what are the possibilites & out come of it which where 100% result is achived either by Plan A or Plan B. Let there be peaceful negotations btn. them will cool as cucumber. Even captain is responsible for this also & must be accountable for it. Future Coaches & the Board (Selection Committee) will have peaceful dealings because they are one family. FAMILY means Father & Mother I Love You.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

He really tried his best in his own way and also in an almost impossible role and I hope he gets every penny of his pay up until 2015.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

This only confirms that this guy wasn't the right guy for this job. If CA do pay up, I'd say it's money well-spent, since it's being payed to keep him away from the team.

Posted by Mitty2 on (July 13, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Had to laugh at the headline (he fully deserved the sacking), but of course, he should get the pay out.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Ozcricketwriter..I do agree with you 100%...

Posted by Jagger on (July 13, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

He should be paying us back for all the time he kept Boof out of the job.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

Many under performing CEO's get a golden payout when sacked. Why not Mickey ??

Posted by Prazzo on (July 13, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

You have to feel a bit for Mickey. They have used him as somewhat of a scapegoat for admin problems that go right to the top of CA. John Inverarity, head of selectors has been extremely erratic in selections, picking players out of the blue. As an example we have had some 15 spinners since Warne has retired, and the selectors have shown no faith in any of them, the latest being Lyon. Agar may come up with the goods, but it was essentially a reflex selection and reflects a poverty in planning, patience and thinking.

On the other hand, they back the extremely average Ed Cowan, wasted so much time on Shaun Marsh, and have sentimentally backed Watson blindly despite his lacklustre form. CA administration as a whole has been manic, panicked and erratic in response to the decline of Australian Cricket. Mickey has been Malcolm in the Middle, trying to manage it all.

This silliness with Mickey threatening to take CA to court is another sign of the administrative follies of CA.

Posted by landl47 on (July 13, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

Mickey Arthur thought Aus was close to 'cracking it'. Cracking, yes. Not too sure about the it. The only player standing between Australia and complete demolition in the first test has been Ashton Agar. If Mickey Arthur had planned for the #11 to get 98 and the last wicket to put on 163, then he is indeed a genius. However, I suspect the Mickey Arthur influence had more to do with the 117-9 part of the innings.

He'll get paid off, of course. The only people who make money if you go to court are the lawyers. Whether that will give him much satisfaction when he looks back on his achievements as Australia's coach, only he can say.

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