I would like to see Morton stretch beyond the covering of the contracts. Although proving these points is difficult, as is producing a monetary figure for them, I'd like Morton to claim for the costs involved with;
- The cost of searching for another manager, at a time of the season where (theoretically) the best managers are already in employment. The labour involved in drawing up a new shortlist, contacting agents/managers, booking venues away from the public eye for interviews and the time taking to hold these interviews are all costs raised from McKinnon leaving. The same applies to the assistant manager and the fitness coach/sport science positions.
- The signing on fees, including any agent fees, for a new manager, assistant manager and fitness coach that wouldn't have been necessary had McKinnon et al not left.
- The cost of printing new training gear for all three new staff.
- The cost of any specialist equipment the old management team bought that the new staff do not require/want.
- The labour costs involved in changing the club website, social media output and press releases involving McKinnon's departure.
Some of them are very minimal and probably almost to the point of clutching at straws, but Morton should be setting their argument at the highest possible level before any negotiations/hearings take place. Let's get every single penny we can out of this shower.
It could be argued he cost us points too by leaving right before a game.