Dwight Yorke branded Macarthur ‘a pub team’, SLAMMED his players’ professionalism and the standards of the A-League in brutal spray that led to Bulls exit after just 13 games
Dwight Yorke allegedly labelled Macarthur a ‘pub team’ and slammed the standard of football in Australia in the lead up to his shock exit from the A-League side.
The former Manchester United striker’s spell in charge of the Bulls came to an end on Saturday after just 13 games.
A day after Macarthur lost 1-0 away to Adelaide United, Yorke held a meeting with club chairman Gino Marra where it was decided they would agree to mutually terminate his contract.
Dwight Yorke left his job as manager of Macarthur FC after just 13 games on Saturday
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the former Premier League star tore into his team following the loss to Adelaide, labelling it a ‘pub team’.
Individual players were also singled out for criticism during a brutal spray, which was delivered in front of Marra and chief executive Sam Krslovic.
Marra reportedly intervened when Yorke directly questioned the professionalism of players at the club and the standards accepted at Macarthur and in the A-League as a whole.
It is understood that the 51-year-old’s scathing assessment of his players and the club led to a swiftly-summoned meeting with Marra, which eventually resulted in Yorke leaving Macarthur.
Yorke reportedly questioned the professionalism of his players and of the club as a whole
The former Premier League star delivered a brutal spray to his players on Friday night
‘We won’t be commenting on the circumstances of the mutual agreement reached between the club and Dwight Yorke on Saturday,’ Marra said in a statement on Sunday.
‘Our focus is only on the next chapter of the club and appointing a new coach who we hope will deliver more success to our supporters.
‘We thank Dwight for his contribution to Macarthur FC and leading the club to the 2022 Australia Cup title.’
The Macarthur job was Yorke’s first foray into management after a glittering playing career. He had achieved his coaching badges at United, where Sir Alex Ferguson was a mentor for him.
Macarthur are sixth in the A-League after losing 1-0 away to Adelaide on Friday (above)
He won the Australia Cup – the Bulls’ first piece of silverware – and picked up five wins in the league, leaving the club sixth in the A-League at the time of his departure.
‘I want to thank the chairman Gino Marra, CEO Sam Krslovic, all the ownership group as well as all the staff, fans of Macarthur FC,’ Yorke said in a statement.
‘I leave the football club with a great team that will continue to challenge for more silverware’.
Yorke could return to Sydney FC as a coach, after playing for the club in the 2005-06 season
Yorke was recommended to the club by former Aston Villa teammate Mark Bosnich, who is close with Macarthur’s hierarchy.
The former United striker could still remain in the A-League, with Sydney FC currently looking for a new manager after sacking Steve Corica following a disappointing start to the season.
Yorke played for the Sky Blues in 2005, scoring the club’s first-ever goal in the A-League.