Coolen court case underway

Former Adelaide United coach Rini Coolen has begun his court case against the club in which he is suing for $2.2 million over his 2011 sacking.

Former Adelaide United coach Rini Coolen has begun his court case against the club in which he is suing for $2.2 million over his 2011 sacking.

Dutch-born Coolen's demands were outlined at the opening of a trial in the South Australian District Court on Monday and he wants a lot f compenation from the club who gave him the boot.

Coolen had a successful first season at the club but after a series of poor performances left the club languishing at the foot of the ladder and he had repotedly lost the support of the locker room he was dropped to the role of Youth Coach, a role which he rejected in principal.

Coolen-s lawyer, Mark Douglas, told the court that the Adelaide board had given him their full support, saying " we're not the type of people who lose six games and then try to execute the coach".

But he said they had done exactly that and what had followed was the club trying to "rid themselves of Mr Coolen by any means available".

"What Mr Coolen has suffered is the fate of a man living without income in a country that is not his own," Douglas said.

Because of the impending litigation Coolen had also been denied the opportunity to tell his side of the story.

The trial is expected to include a counter claim by Adelaide United that Coolen had overstated his level of skills and experience.