LONDON (CMC): Axed West Indies head coach Phil Simmons could be contemplating legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his abrupt firing last week. Reports in international media said the 53-year-old Trinidadian was expected to meet with his legal team in coming days to discuss the matter and would then decide on a course of action. “Phil is currently in the UK and is supposed to meet his lawyers within the next 72 hours,” a confidante of Simmons, who requested anonymity, was quoted as saying. “His next course of action would be influenced by the advice they give.” Simmons’ sacking was announced by the WICB last Tuesday as the West Indies team prepared to leave Barbados for Dubai to begin their Twenty20 and one-day series against Pakistan. The move followed weeks of speculation about Simmons’ future, and WICB President Dave Cameron had sidestepped the controversial issue following the board of directors’ meeting in Dominica last week. In a cryptic release three days later, however, the WICB said it had taken the decision to relieve Simmons of his duties at the Dominica meeting. “In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach,” the WICB release said. Simmons took up the position in March last year after taking Ireland to the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He was suspended seven months later over controversial comments regarding team selection for the tour of Sri Lanka, but was reinstated following the series, after issuing a public apology. Simmons oversaw West Indies’ capture of their second Twenty20 World Cup title in India last April and then helped guide them into the final of the Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean last June.
USL: Peter Moran’s marquee signing Aidan McCauley showed his worth on his debut, as his decisive strike ensure Bonagee got a crucial opening win over Fanad United. The new season got under way at Dry Arch Park, when two sides who have made changes to personnel throughout the summer, locked horns in a fiery match played in glorious sunshine.Early chances were very scarce, with neither keeper troubled much in the opening twenty minutes.The first real opportunity of the contest fell the way of Fanads Davitt Walsh. Keelin McElwaine raced into the Bonagee box and his cross to the back post was somehow blazed over by the Fanad captain.Next up was their player manager, Arthur Lynch, who in the 42nd minute, sidefooted over from close range after an excellent delivery from Marty McAteer.Bonagee started the second period much brighter, and took the lead in the 66th minute. Francesco Crisco, one of Peter Morans summer aquisitions, crossed to Aidan McLaughlin in the box. His header was parried by Shane Graham, but another new signing, Aidan McCauley, reacted first, to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.Fanad pushed for an equaliser, but the the home sides back four were resilient against anything thrown at them.The men in yellow and green almost got a second with nine minutes to go who Dean Larkin dispossessed John McGarvey on the edge of the box, but his lob went just over.Best for Fanad Utd were Davitt Walsh and Kieran Gorman with a team effort from Bonagee.McCauley scores on his debut to give Bonagee crucial win over Fanad was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aidan McCauleyBonageeFanadsoccerSportUSL