Wright set to sue Posh - 1/2/06

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MARK Wright is to sue Posh for breach of contract and damage to his reputation.

MARK Wright is to sue Posh for breach of contract and damage to his reputation.The sacked Posh boss launched a legal action today following his dismissal for gross misconduct. Wright was just eight months into a three-year contract believed to be worth in the region of 80,000 per year.

A statement issued through his Sheffield-based solicitor Richard Farrant claimed that Posh had failed to follow a proper procedure in reaching their decision, including a failure to inform Wright of the allegations made against him.

Wright failed to attend the inquiry into his behaviour at London Road yesterday on the advice of his solicitor.

Farrant said: "Mark Wright denies committing an act of gross misconduct and as the club have failed to follow a proper procedure while conducting their investigations I advised him not to attend the hearing.

"A football club is like any other employer. If allegations of improper conduct are made then these allegations must be put to the employee and that has not happened in this case.

"Mark has never been told the nature or extent of the allegations and now believes the matter must be resolved through the courts.

"Mark will be claiming damages for breach of contract and for harm to his reputation."

Posh officials declined to comment on a likely legal fight today, but it's understood they have written evidence to counter Wright's claims. In the light of a possible court case, Posh have abandoned any plans to make public the allegations against their former boss.

Posh chairman Steve Holt said: "The club feel badly let down by Mark Wright, especially after giving him the opportunity to get his career back on track.

"We felt he was doing a good job on the field, but the club's interests in particular and football's interests in general must take priority which is why we made the decision we did.

"We didn't take that decision lightly and we gave Mark every opportunity to defend himself at an inquiry."

Part of the case against Wright was believed to be comments of a racial nature aimed at a member of the club's playing staff.

Holt plans to mingle with and talk to Posh fans in the London Road End ahead of the League Two fixture with Cheltenham on Saturday from 2.30pm.