Racing: Forbury Park chief 'sacked'

Paul Knowles
Paul Knowles
Forbury Park Trotting Club general manager Paul Knowles says he has been "sacked" from the position.

"It is in the hands of the lawyers but I am sure I will not be in the job next week," Knowles said yesterday.

He did not elaborate, but Knowles is due for work in his office at the raceway today. He said he did not attend a meeting on Monday called by the club to take submissions on a strategic plan for the club. The plan, outlined by president Peter Gillespie, covered the next five years, with the aim of staging the Harness Jewels in 2017. It has been passed to the board of control of the Forbury Park club.

Board chairman Stephen Cairns declined to comment on the alleged "sacking" of Knowles, other than to say it was "an employer, employee matter".

He confirmed the board was responsible for hiring or firing the general manager.

Gillespie and John Henderson are also on the board.

Cairns confirmed he was due to step down from the board on July 31.

The vacancy has been advertised.

Gillespie could not be contacted yesterday for comment.

Knowles was appointed general manager 18 months ago after he resigned as a stipendiary steward with the Racing Integrity Unit.

The meeting on Monday was attended by Harness Racing New Zealand chief executive officer Edward Rennell and Wayne Reid, of HRNZ.


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