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Sacked Hamilton coach McCormack agrees compensation

John McCormack
Image caption John McCormack was sacked by Hamilton Accies in 2008

A football coach has won more than £31,000 from a Scottish Premier League club after winning a wrongful dismissal claim following his sacking.

John McCormack sued Hamilton Academical after being dismissed in August 2008 for allegedly bullying players and sexually harassing a female colleague.

He won his case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh in September.

Judge Lord Woolman granted a decree after Mr McCormack and the club reached agreement for a settlement of £31,251.

Former footballer Mr McCormack, of Mount Vernon, Glasgow, who got his nickname of "Cowboy" from a boxer, was manager at Dundee and Albion Rovers prior to taking on the role at Hamilton as assistant to Billy Reid.

'Unconvincing' evidence

During the earlier court hearing the Lanarkshire club had maintained that he was lawfully dismissed for gross misconduct following several incidents.

These included alleged bullying of young players and offensive remarks made about and in the presence of physiotherapist, Jillian Galloway.

Lord Woolman said Mr McCormack's conduct in the dressing room and remarks made to and in the presence of Miss Galloway were "wholly inappropriate", but he apologised to her, was not issued with a formal reprimand or warning and the behaviour was not repeated.

The judge said he also found the evidence that Mr McCormack had bullied some younger players at the club to be "unconvincing".

He said that all the incidents mentioned "taken together did not justify summary dismissal" and found in favour of Mr McCormack.

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