Board forced to act after Buccaneers unrest

A FRACTURED playing group threatened to tear apart Wide Bay Buccaneers just weeks into its first Football Queensland Premier League season.

The Buccaneers' decision to axe foundation coach Tim Lunnon on Tuesday morning was said to be based on the differing view between the club and the coach.

Rumours of unrest and unhappiness at the Wide Bay club have swirled since the start of the year, but general manager Peter Guest said it had only become a concern in the "past few weeks".

Football Queensland Wide Bay was forced to act.

"When you're losing, you want to talk to players and make sure they're in a good head space," Guest said.

"Right after the Holland Park game we were talking to players, but you don't want to leave them stranded.

"If the playing group is in a good space you fight through, but when there's not that connection and there's issues, something has to change, and it has to change quickly."

Guest said there was no confrontation between players and the coach, but it was clear a tough decision had to be made.

"There was one case when a frustrated player raised his voice in the team talks but there was no confrontation," Guest said. "Sometimes it just didn't click.

"I've got no animosity towards Tim. He has done a fantastic job with zone football for the past few years and I hope he remains involved in football."

On Tuesday, FQWB president Stuart Taylor said Lunnon's view "did not align" with the club's vision for its future.

"The board has a vision for what the Wide Bay Buccaneers look like in the short, medium and long terms, and we hold the view that the head coach isn't aligned with that vision," Taylor said.

"I've made it clear we are a community club first before we're anything else."

Lunnon, a premiership- winning coach at Tasmanian club Northern Rangers, was disappointed in a decision with which he said he disagreed, but vowed to continue coaching.

"I disagree with the decision," Lunnon said.

"We were only three games into a long process. There's not too many coaches that are in Wide Bay with NPL experience like myself."

Lunnon vowed to remain involved in football.

The Buccaneers will host Logan Lightning at Martens Oval, Bundaberg, on Saturday. It will be live on Football Queensland's Facebook page.



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