Eight Washington Diplomat front-office employees, some citing conflicts with the club's general manager and unpleasant working conditions, have resigned or been fired since the beginning of the year, it was learned this week.
A total of 15 full-or part-time workers have resigned or been dismissed since John Carbray became the club's general manager in October 1976.
Some of the departed workers and some present employees said yesterday that the turnover was attrimuable to friction between workers and Carbray.
Three former and six present Dips employees were interviewd yesterday, with all but three asking not to be identified. The nine generally indicated that working conditions at the Dip offices in RFK Stadium were sometimes "strained" and "unbearable," with some employees being asked to work long hours for no extre pay.
The front-office unrest comes at a time when the club is off to a fine start. The Dips, unbeaten in four games, travel to Tulsa to play the Roughnecks (2.2) at Skelly Stadium at 8:30 tonight.
The Dithen move on to Dallas (3-1) Saturday before returning home to play Colorado May 6.
Carbray was well known for his promotional and public relations success on the West Coast. Since joining the Dips, Carbray has increased attendance substantially and brought in several top-flight players.
The former general manager of the San Jose soccer club expressed surprise over the accusations and said he wasn't aware any dissension in the office.
As far as I know there's no dissension here. Some people here did a good job, others didn't," said Carbray. "You can't force people to work. My job is to make this organization go. The people who left left for variousreasons. Some didn't like the weather, others got better jobs. I haven't fired but one person since I've been here,and I didn't want to do that."
Carbary was open in discussing each of his deaprted staff members and their various reasons for leaving.
"I know I'm a driver, a pusher. I told each one them that when I hired them," said Carbray. "A lot of the people who left, I had (short-term) agreements with and we split amiably. There are some others who couldn't stand the pressure and had to leave. I probably went further than I should have with every person who left but I tell you, you don't have to fire people, they fire themselves."
The one person who was fired was Mike Ayers, the director of special events.
"It was strictly a personality conflict between John and myself. He wanted me to do a job I didn't want to do and wasn't in my contract," said Ayers. There is dissension there. But people are working scared. They want to keep their jobs.
"I was brought here from San Jose by John to be in charge of special events. But one thing led to another nad finally be wanted me to work in sales. When I did go out in public I felt hampered in my dealing with people because of his promises all the time. It was tough representing the club."
Dave Harris, who resigned at ticket manager indicated he didn't favor Carbray's methods of operation but refused to elaborate.
"I don't want to get into that. Let's just say it was personal," said Harris, who along with another former Washington employe, Dick King now works with the Vancouver Canadians AAA minor league baseball team. "There were problems but I don't want to talk about it."
Team sources said both Harris and Ayers put in enough time to earn double the salary they were paid. The employes who left this year earned between $650 and $1,400 per month.
"If Harris put out 150 percent, Carbray expected 160," said Ayers. "But none of the people who left had any beef with the rest of the club."
Steven Danzansky, a Washington attorney and team president, said he knew of several of the resignations but wasn't aware of any internal problem.
"The beginning of any sports season is tough. I know the stakk has been pushed and it's hard to fault a guy who works as hard as John," said Danzansky. "He wouldn't ask any of his employes to do anything he wouldn't do."
Terry Hanson the Dips' former director of public relations and now the club's assistant general manager, admitted to having "a few differences on some issues with Carbray but insisted he and most of the other employes get along fine with John.
"There aren't any major problems. Most of the staff here is satisfied and indebted to John for what he's done for soccer."