Southend United FC sack groundsman - Statement from the Grounds Management Association (GMA)

UPDATE - 26 January 2017

The GMA is aware of the fantastic support that our member Ken Hare has received through social media and press articles, since being sacked from Southend United FC. From our initial discussion with Mr Hare – who’s now seeking appropriate advice – we have nothing to add at this stage, as we would not want to prejudice any outcome arising between him and the club. 

RELEASE - 23 January 2017

The GMA is the professional body for groundsmen and groundsmanship in the UK; we care very much for our members - their well-being and professional respect and rights.  

The dismissal of the Southend United FC groundsman, who is an GMA member, brings immediate questions and concerns - and we are engaged urgently in determining the facts behind this action, through appropriate enquiries. 

The club’s action has attracted national media attention which reflects the shock across the groundscare industry with the sacking of a long-serving professional groundsman with over 27 years’ dedicated service to the club. 

The club’s action appears to demean both the profession of groundsmanship and, of course, the individual concerned, who surely deserves more respect than appears to be the case, on the facts available so far.  
Obtaining the necessary information is now an urgent priority for all of us at the GMA; to be able to provide the appropriate level of support to one of our members.