Police warn former St Neots Town manager Dennis Greene after Twitter spat with chairman
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ST Neots Town are attempting to draw a line under the spat with former manager Dennis Greene, who has confirmed to The Hunts Post that he has received a warning from Cambridgeshire police over ‘harassment’ of the club’s owner and chairman Mike Kearns.
What began as a falling out on the social media website Twitter, took a dramatic turn on Friday when the club released a statement on its official website, saying: “All e-mails, texts and tweets that have been received from Mr Greene are now in the hands of the police.”
On Tuesday, Greene confirmed he had received a visit from police and would be issuing his own statement shortly.
“I have an appointment with my solicitor on Friday and I will be possibly going down the route of damages,” he said.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman confirmed: “We have received a report of harassment and a warning has been issued and words of advice have been given.”
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Greene, who quit as manager of the club in June 2012, and later became the manager of Blue Square North side Histon, says he is still owned money which he was promised following his resignation.
The club, however, don’t believe this to be the case and are actively seeking to recover ‘a goodwill gesture’ which they say was paid to their former employee.
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The statement on the club’s website says: “As a gesture of goodwill, the club offered Mr Greene two months’ salary as he departed, even though he was not entitled to a financial settlement because he had resigned.
“The relationship quickly soured with Mr Greene being generally unprofessional and refusing to cooperate with his departure. This included difficulties in getting club keys returned and his trying to tap players up. In light of this, the goodwill offer was withdrawn. Finally, after a reasonable conversation, we made a renewed offer of one month’s wages, with conditions attached, primarily that Mr Greene would cease all professional contact with St Neots Town FC and its players.”
The statement continues: “Mr Greene had spoken directly without the club’s permission to a number of players, including players on contract, with the intent to entice them from the club.
“The case against Mr Greene to recover the good will gesture of one month’s salary is pending awaiting further instructions from us to our solicitors.”
Owner and chairman Mike Kearns is on holiday, so it was his son, the club’s managing director Lee Kearns, who contacted the police last week. He told The Hunts Post: “I had a very nice conversation [with the police] and I made it clear that there is no malice towards Dennis Greene – we just want to move on. If he does want to pursue this then he should do it through the small claims court.”
Greene, who lost his post as manager of Histon in December because of that club’s current financial problems, still lives in St Neots and is currently looking for another job in football.
“I’d love another job,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting the right one.”