01 May 2013
Ex-Cardiff City manager launches compensation claim against former club
Former Cardiff City Football Club manager Dave Jones is suing his former employer for failing to pay bonuses and hopes to receive £540,000 in compensation.
Mr Jones, who now manages Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, issued a writ against his former club after complaining that they had failed to pay him a number of bonuses following his contract's termination in June 2011.
Cardiff City's repeated failure to break into the top Premier League was cited as the primary reason for Mr Jones' dismissal, despite the manager repeatedly taking the Welsh team to the playoffs, which offer teams a place in the top division if they win two games in a row at Wembley stadium.
Since Mr Jones' departure the club have been promoted into the Premier League after winning this year's Championship division.
The bonuses that Mr Jones alleges were not paid to him include a £150,000 sum for reaching the FA Cup final in 2008, £100,00 for reaching the playoffs in 2011, £250,000 for reaching the play-off finals in 2010 and £189,821 in unpaid termination payments.
The ex-manager's solicitor has said that Cardiff City "acted in breach of contract" by not paying Mr Jones the bonuses he alleged were promised to him in a verbal agreement with ex-chairman Peter Ridsdale.
Many of the specific terms and conditions of the bonuses that Mr Jones have claimed were, in bad legal practice, never written down and signed, leaving little evidence of what was really promised.
A Cardiff City spokesman said: “All payments up until May 2011 have been honoured or have had full terms agreed, while discussions on monies claimed will continue with Mr Jones representatives on Tuesday, as per a planned negotiation schedule.
"It would be inappropriate to discuss specifics or any disputed figures while talks are ongoing, though we are committed to reaching a satisfactory resolution at the earliest convenience.”
Bonuses are often a point of contention between employers and employees, and it is recommended that workers should get any promises in contractual form before accepting terms and conditions with their employer.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson