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League One club sack groundsman of 27 years after frozen pitch caused fixture postponement

Southend say ‘people generally lose their position as a result of not doing their job.’

The Roots Hall pitch on Saturday.
The Roots Hall pitch on Saturday.
Image: Southend United/Twitter

SOUTHEND UNITED HAVE sacked their groundsman after the club’s League One fixture against Bolton Wanderers was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

The Roots Hall playing surface was deemed unplayable by the referee and Saturday’s game was called off four hours before the scheduled 3pm kick-off time.

In a statement released this morning, Southend said the decision was not taken lightly but confirmed Ken Hare — who had been at the club 27 years — had been dismissed.

“People generally lose their position as a result of not doing their job,” it read.

“The necessary decision surrounding Mr Hare was a disappointment and of course not taken lightly. Very few people have been dismissed at this football club over the past 20 years and that even extends to Managers.”

It was the first game to be postponed at Roots Hall since January 2013.

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