Sports Law :: Dispute over coaching may end up in the Supreme Court
The dispute between Manly and the NRL over John Hopoate could be heading for the Supreme Court of NSW.
The former winger has been feuding with League Central over his position as a mentor of the Sea Eagles S.G. Ball team in the face of a pending breach notice drawn up by NRL head of integrity Nick Weeks. Such an action would result in the club being fined an immediate $30,000, hit with further fines for each week he continues to coach and also potentially be stripped of NRL competition points.
The NSW Police believe that Hopoate should not oversee the development of young players, due to his behaviour in public which resulted him getting kicked out of a Casino and also with his alleged connections to organised crime figures. Police believe that Manly needs to take all of this into account and reconsider his position mentor of Sea Eagles S.G. Ball team.
Possible legal arguments might challenge the NRL’s right to dictate a coaching appointment in a completion run by the NSWRL?