Royle tackles City with unfair dismissal claim

The
former manager of Manchester City Football Club is suing for wrongful dismissal
and is disputing the size of his compensation pay off.

Joe
Royle, who was sacked by the club earlier this year, is hoping to use a
technicality by proving that the team was still in the Premiership, despite
already being relegated, when he lost his job.

Royle
is also claiming that his replacement, former England manager Kevin Keegan, was
approached 24 hours before his dismissal, and hopes to use statements made to
the press by Keegan to prove that his successor had been lined up behind his
back.

The
former manger was paid six months’ salary on his departure (rumoured to be
around £200,000) but hopes to be awarded substantially more by proving that the
Maine Road club was still technically in football’s top flight.

By
Ross Wigham

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