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Bradbury takes legal action

Former AFC Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury is set to take the Cherries to the High Court over claims of wrongful dismissal.

Journeyman striker Bradbury initially joined the Cherries as a player in September 2007 making an immediate impact on his debut scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against Walsall in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.

Bradbury went on to feature in a further 26 games for then manager Kevin Bond's Cherries, however on paper his 3 goals didn't reflect the new found lease of life as a right back. Bradbury was quoted as saying how much he was enjoying his new position - as it gave him the opportunity to practice all the tricks performed on him by defenders during his time as a striker.

He was a big part of the Cherries avoiding relegation out of the Football League and the following seasons promotion winning campaign, playing in a variety of positions.

In January 2011 he was named as caretaker manager following the departure of Eddie Howe to Burnley and stated that he would retire from football while he was manager.

After impressive performances away at Rochdale and at home to Brighton, Bradbury was announced as the permanent manager on 28th January 2011 and remained unbeaten for a further eight matches eventually leading the side to the League One Play-Offs for the first time in the clubs history, eventually losing to Huddersfield on penalties.

The following season after suffering a number of player sales, the Cherries struggled losing six of the opening seven games in the League One season.

The side recovered during September to February climbing from second from bottom in League One to eighth, but after six defeats in eight games in March Bradbury departed Dean Court.

It wasn't clear at the time whether Bradbury had been sacked or had resigned. Although AFC Bournemouth Chairman Eddie Mitchell alluded that Bradbury had resigned after he had suggested that Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks should be promoted to the first team set-up.

Mitchell speaks to Sky Sports News - March 26 2012

While Bradbury insisted that he had been dismissed.

Bradbury: I was dismissed - March 27 2012

Bradbury is now taking his claims to the High Court and is pursue around 350,000 in damages according to the Daily Echo.

The Echo has reported that Bradbury's case '...centres on the apparent circumstances surrounding his Cherries departure - with Bradbury alleging breach of contract...' with Bradbury claiming he was dismissed and AFC Bournemouth Director of Football Tom Mitchell claiming Bradbury resigned.

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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 20 2013

Time: 8:36PM

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gold digger! taken long enough, has he seen the pound signs
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20/02/2013 20:52:00

Just hope this is resolved soon. I still respect Bradderz for his time as a player & being a fairly good manager considering the situations.
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20/02/2013 21:00:00

....this matter was handled poorly I guess....shame that Lee was forced out whilst the two touted to be better and who went on to prove that they were rubbish and worse still remain employed? Who draws up managers contracts at Dean Court....whoever it is takes the blame for who debacle, and will cost Max more money....if we had decent propel running the club we might not be in this mess. Perversely it as rather luckily culminated in Eddie Howe coming back and saving AFCB's footballing bacon!
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20/02/2013 21:10:00

Good luck to him. Poorly treated and deserves a settlement. There is less and less protection for employees these days. He was doing a decent job then sacked for noreason. If that happened to you at work you'd be pretty frickin peed off
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20/02/2013 21:36:00

^ no reason? 12 defeats in 15 games (over 2 seperate runs) is relegation form & sacking material if ever there was any - still agree he was poorly treated but curious as to why it has only come out now uncle max is splashing the cash.........
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20/02/2013 22:22:00

poorly treated yes, he basically had his entire first team sold by the owners and then got the blame for the poor form. Not a clue what EM expected him to do with a League 2/ conference side at the time
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20/02/2013 23:11:00

yes doing a good job with the carpet being well and truly pulled from under him. He gave up his playing career to show 100% commitment to being a manager. Very poorly treated imo
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21/02/2013 10:59:00


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