Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Coach Sacked after Big Win; Lee Says RLI Yet to Give a Reason Why

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Coach Sacked after Big Win; Lee Says RLI Yet to Give a Reason Why

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

LEE Addison has been left with a sour taste in his mouth after he says he was being dumped as Ipswich Diggers coach without an official explanation.

That sacking came after he coached the side to Chairman's Challenge glory last season.

Gold Coast and Brisbane representative sides play the Ipswich Diggers in a carnival for the Chairman's Challenge.

Last year's big win by the Diggers under Addison, his third year at the helm, was the first time the side had won in umpteen years.

Addison then received a handshake agreement from then Ipswich Rugby League chairman Jack Rhea that he had the job again in 2017.

"Jack Rhea said to me that I was the coach for next year, then after (Rugby League Ipswich) was formed I sent Jack and the committee an email outlining why I wanted the job," Addison told the QT.

The handshake deal was struck when Rhea was the chairman of the former Ipswich Rugby League (IRL).

But after a revamp locally, the newly formed RLI asked for a more official process.

"It is true that there was a handshake deal with Lee that he would be the coach in 2017," Rhea, also RLI chairman, said.

"But the new board thought different and that it should go through the advertising process.

"Other applicants were given the chance and for whatever reason the competitions committee have appointed somebody else (Mick Newton)."

When Addison was informed a written application was required he sent it in on January 17, an email the QT has sighted.

RLI general manager Brendon Lindsay said Addison's application was received late but was still considered by the competitions committee.

Addison said he found that impossible to accept as he had submitted his application a month before the cut-off.

Addison said he had received an informal call from a board member that he missed out on the job but nothing officially in writing. …

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