Club statement: Doug McKay

The management of Milton Keynes Lightning have been made aware of an article in the press today regarding our former head coach, Doug McKay.

Doug arrived in the UK and started working on the 4th September and was dismissed for gross misconduct on 14 November. As correctly stated in the article, Doug was paid for his employment whilst in the UK. Because he was dismissed for gross misconduct, he was not entitled to any notice period and he was advised that if he disagreed with the decision, he was entitled to challenge it at an employment tribunal which would have mediated in the dispute. To date, he has not taken up that option; instead he has sought to apply pressure via the media.

Contrary to claims in the article, Doug was paid for a return flight to Canada and no equipment was included in his contract.

However, the club acknowledge that he is owed a sum of money for his visa and for recruitment last summer, but nowhere near the amount stated in the article.

Lightning management are still hopeful of an amicable resolution to the matter.

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