Currie Cup

Spencer upset over unpaid Kings wages

2015-07-22 10:03
Carlos Spencer (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Departing EP Kings skills coach Carlos Spencer reportedly grew tired with the union after they failed to meet their wage obligations.

The EP Kings on Tuesday announced that they had parted ways with the former All Black flyhalf who was part of the Kings structures since December 2013.

Spencer was appointed as the attack and specialist skills coach, and then took charge of the provincial team on their return to the Currie Cup Premier Division in 2014.

In 2015 he resumed his duties as the attack and specialist skills coach following the appointment of Brent Janse van Rensburg as the EP Kings head coach.

A report in the New Zealand Herald indicates that Spencer wants to return to his native New Zealand and had approached his former team, the Blues, for a possible job.

The Blues are reportedly considering appointing a skills coach to work alongside new head coach Tana Umaga.

Spencer's Auckland lawyer David Jones said Spencer registered his interest with the Blues in May, as the Kings continued to have troubles meeting their wage obligations to Spencer and players.

Jones also strongly rejected reports claiming Spencer had paid the price for poor results with the Kings, who finished last in the Currie Cup Premier Division last year with Spencer as head coach.

Spencer terminated his contract at the Kings last Wednesday because of long-standing problems with his wages being paid and also engaged a South African law firm to sort the matter out.

"It's been happening since before Christmas last year - there comes a time when you've had enough," Jones told the NZ Herald.

"At some point you have to lance the boil. He is owed a substantial amount of money and has had to constantly chase them for arrears. The player payments have been in arrears also.

"Cheeky Watson (EP Rugby president) made a promise last Wednesday the players would be paid and they weren't. There has been a series of broken promises.”

Spencer, who earned 35 caps for the All Blacks from 1995 to 2004, finished his playing career with the Lions in 2011 and then coached at the Lions and the Sharks, before linking up with the Kings.


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