Jonathan Morgan: Football coach accused of bullying player who took own life sacked by Sheffield United Women | UK News

Jonathan Morgan: Football coach accused of bullying player who took own life sacked by Sheffield United Women | UK News

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.

File photo dated 10-10-2021 of Jonathan Morgan, has returned to work as manager of Sheffield United Women following an investigation into his conduct, the PA news agency understands. Issue date: Tuesday January 2, 2024.
Jonathan Morgan

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”.

Cusack’s father said Morgan called the midfielder a “psycho” and branded her overweight, The Athletic reported.

David Cusack said in a letter that his daughter was crippled with anxiety and branded “difficult” by the coach.

She moved back in with her parents and was put on medication as her mental health worsened, which her family claimed Morgan’s alleged behaviour had contributed to.

Mr Cusack also alleged that had it not been for Morgan’s “personal antipathy” towards his daughter, she would still be alive.

Morgan was initially cleared of bullying or inappropriate behaviour 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.

Morgan denies the allegations.

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.

Aston Villa and Manchester United take part in a minutes silence in memory of Maddy Cusack during the Barclays Women's Super League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Sunday October 1, 2023.
Aston Villa and Manchester United took part in a minute’s silence in memory of Maddy in October Pic: PA

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

A social media page for the Maddy Cusack Foundation, launched by the footballer’s family, shared a speech on social media attributed to Cusack’s mother, Deborah.

In it, she said: “From February this year, the indomitable, irrepressible spirit, the spirit called Maddy, the spirit that I had so fearlessly protected was allowed to be broken. Taking her away from me.

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“Those who knew Maddy well will be aware that she had no long-standing mental health issues or troubles. Not that there would be anything to be ashamed of if there were, but there were not. Those that didn’t know her need to know that.

“Maddy was a happy-go-lucky, carefree girl with everything to live for and by last Christmas could be described as being at her happiest. This all changed gradually from February this year.”

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

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Author: Shirley