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Manager Sean Connor enduring difficult time in South Africa after dismissal row from CAPS United rumbles on

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 16:41 | Comments

Sean Connor has managed four clubs in Ireland
Sean Connor has managed four clubs in Ireland

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Former Bohemians and Dundalk manager Sean Connor is reportedly staying in South Africa after being deported from Zimbabwe and is apparently fearing destitution.

The Zimbabwean Herald is reporting Connor is in need of funds as he awaits a near $100,000 payment from former club CAPS United after his dismissal last season.

CAPS have appealed the judgement for the payment and Connor has moved to South Africa due to complications over his visa ahead of the further court proceedings.

In a letter apparently obtained by the Herald which was sent to a friend he stayed with in Harare, Connor claimed he is living in a two-roomed cottage without running water and sleeps on the floor.

He said: “Back in Zim I had rented a small two-room cottage at US$300, and paid the deposit and Jan and Feb rent.

"I am living like a real local, no hot water, getting water from a well, etc, and sleeping on the floor, but it was ok as I (and) Chacha (his girlfriend) keep it clean.

"I had enough money to stay (in Zimbabwe) until April. But I have been in South (Africa) now for 12 days, and that includes a bus trip to Beitbridge, where I could not get a refund and had to pay to come back

"I have not been living extravagant.”

Connor has managed four clubs in the League of Ireland prior to moving to Zimbabwe, where a spell with CAPS tourned sour in a matter of months.

He claimed players and staff were working against him during his time with the club

Connor's Zimbabwean agent Denford Matashu spoke to the Herald and said it was a worrying situation.

"He is in South Africa and has been there for two or three weeks now and he is bitter about what is happening to him right now.

"His passport is still with the Department of Immigration and for him to get into South Africa we had to liaise with the Irish consulate. He got a call that he should leave and left by bus and it was a horrendous experience for him.

"Sean has no intention of coming back to stay in Zimbabwe, he just wants to have his case with CAPS United finalised so that he can get his dues and we are waiting for the courts to give us a date as to when the case will be determined.

"It's not a good situation that Sean is right now."

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