A soccer coach accused of bullying a participant who later took her personal life has been sacked by his membership.
Sheffield United Women stated “new information has come to light” about Jonathan Morgan’s conduct earlier than he joined the membership, including that his place “is no longer tenable”.
Morgan is on the centre of an FA investigation over the dying of participant Maddy Cusack, who took her personal life final 12 months.
His former representatives, who’ve now severed ties with him, claimed in a press release they’d “learnt new information regarding Jonathan Morgan and a relationship with a player under his charge”.
Morgan managed Leicester’s ladies’s first staff from 2014-2021 earlier than transferring to Burnley and was appointed by Sheffield United in February 2023.
The 27-year-old was discovered useless at her house in Horsley, Derbyshire on 20 September. Police didn’t deal with Cusack’s dying as suspicious with an inquest into her dying opened and adjourned in October.
But Cusack’s household declare she was poorly handled by Morgan and that her spirit was “allowed to be broken”.
Cusack’s father stated Morgan known as the midfielder a “psycho” and branded her obese, The Athletic reported.
David Cusack stated in a letter that his daughter was crippled with nervousness and branded “difficult” by the coach.
She moved again in along with her dad and mom and was placed on remedy as her psychological well being worsened, which her household claimed Morgan’s alleged behaviour had contributed to.
Mr Cusack additionally alleged that had it not been for Morgan’s “personal antipathy” in direction of his daughter, she would nonetheless be alive.
Morgan was initially cleared of bullying or inappropriate behaviour by Sheffield United after an inquiry carried out by an exterior get together.
He had stepped other than his function because the membership investigated however resumed his duties final month after he was cleared.
Morgan denies the allegations.
Before her dying, Cusack was named Sheffield United’s vice-captain and had simply began her sixth season with the Blades within the Women’s Championship. She was the longest-serving member of the present squad.
Cusack joined the staff in January 2019 and have become the primary girl to succeed in 100 appearances for the membership. She had additionally labored within the membership’s advertising and marketing division.
A social media web page for the Maddy Cusack Foundation, launched by the footballer’s household, shared a speech on social media attributed to Cusack’s mom, Deborah.
In it, she stated: “From February this 12 months, the indomitable, irrepressible spirit, the spirit known as Maddy, the spirit that I had so fearlessly protected was allowed to be damaged. Taking her away from me.
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“Those who knew Maddy well will be aware that she had no long-standing mental health issues or troubles. Not that there would be anything to be ashamed of if there were, but there were not. Those that didn’t know her need to know that.
“Maddy was a happy-go-lucky, carefree woman with every thing to reside for and by final Christmas may very well be described as being at her happiest. This all modified progressively from February this 12 months.”
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