Braves are in turmoil
THE relationship between the Bellinger Valley Braves and former head coach Jay Jones has soured, leaving the Waratah State League side in turmoil.
Jones was dumped as coach earlier this month after players questioned his leadership following an inconsistent start to the season.
Despite originally agreeing to step down and take up a playing role, Jones has not been in contact with the club for nearly a fortnight. Club president Shane Dunlop said the decision to replace Jones as coach was a tough call but was in the side's best interest.
"After the loss to Lismore the players spoke to the committee and were concerned with the direction of the team," Dunlop said.
"We (the Bellinger Braves committee) spoke to Jay about stepping down as coach and explained to him what the players had said.
"Jay was originally agreeable with the decision and had trained with the side as a player but something has changed and we have not heard from him since."
Jones refused to take phone calls from the Advocate but in an email statement said he did not wish to comment.
The crisis has taken its toll with a disjointed Braves outfit failing to capitalise on an early lead to lose 77-65 in Saturday's match against the Central Coast.