Peter Nowak was supposed to be coaching the MLS All-Stars this week. Instead, he is reportedly taking the Philadelphia Union to court.
According to Philly.com, Nowak is suing the club for wrongful termination and unpaid severance money. Court documents stipulate that Nowak was given an option to sign a separation agreement and general release that would have seen him get paid his salary through the end of the year but not through the end of his contract, which ran until after the 2015 season. If he did not sign, the club would not pay any severance and issue a letter outlining the cause the club had to fire him.
According to the report, Nowak did not sign the agreement and is arguing that not only was the club's for cause letter insufficient but that his contract was terminated without proper notice and that he was not given the opportunity to address the club's conditions in its for cause letter. The Union did not return a comment to Philly.com and have yet to address the matter.
Nowak was fired on June 13 after guiding the Union to a 2-7-2 start in his third season at the helm.
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NESTA TO DEBUT FOR IMPACT
It has been a couple of weeks since Alessandro Nesta signed with the Montreal Impact, and the Italian veteran will finally see the field for the club Tuesday night.
Nesta will start in Montreal's friendly against Lyon at Stade Saputo, donning the Impact colors for the first time. His integration in the lineup is a welcome sight for a defense that has become unglued after injuries to centerbacks Matteo Ferrari and Nelson Rivas. The club has allowed 16 goals in its last seven matches without both players, including four games in which it has conceded three goals. Montreal's next match that counts is this weekend against New York.
ARSENAL CLOSE IN ON CAZORLA, RE-SIGN KOSCIELNY
Arsenal's push to challenge for the Premier League crown has led the club to Spanish winger Santi Cazorla. The Gunners have reportedly agreed to personal terms with Cazorla and are awaiting Malaga's decision on whether their €20 million bid for his services will be accepted. Cazorla has been at Malaga for one season, but financial problems resulted in unpaid wages, and the player reportedly wants out.
Arsenal also addressed their back line, signing centerback Laurent Koscielny to a long-term deal. Koscielny has been at Arsenal for the past two seasons and will remain there for the foreseeable future, although the club did not specify the terms of the deal.
What's your take on the Nowak-Union situation? Do you think the addition of Nesta makes Montreal a playoff-caliber team? Do you think Cazorla is a good fit for Arsenal?
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