Football coach accused of bullying player who took own life sacked by club


A football coach accused of bullying a player who later took her own life has been sacked by his club.

Sheffield United Women said “new information has come to light” about Jonathan Morgan’s conduct before he joined the club, adding that his position “is no longer tenable”.

Morgan is at the centre of an FA investigation over the death of player Maddy Cusack, who took her own life last year.

The 27-year-old was found dead at her home in Horsley, Derbyshire on 20 September. Police did not treat Cusack’s death as suspicious with an inquest into her death opened and adjourned in October.

But Cusack’s family claim she was poorly treated by Morgan and that her spirit was “allowed to be broken”.

Morgan was initially cleared of wrongdoing by Sheffield United after an inquiry carried out by an external party.

He had stepped aside from his role as the club investigated but resumed his duties last month after he was cleared.

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Before her death, Cusack was named Sheffield United’s vice-captain and had just started her sixth season with the Blades in the Women’s Championship. She was the longest-serving member of the current squad.

Cusack joined the team in January 2019 and became the first woman to reach 100 appearances for the club. She also worked in the club’s marketing department.

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