There’s news coming through that sacked Club Brugge manager George Leekens wants £3M in a severance package from his former club, after he was fired following the club’s fifth successive defeat last weekend.
George Leekens – legal dispute with Club Brugge
George Leekens signed up last summer on a three year deal at the club, so he’s not even six months into the job, but it seems he’s asking to have the rest of his contract paid up – and of course it depends what’s in his contract in terms of compensation, should he be sacked.
And the regional newspaper Het Laatste Neuws is reporting that Leekens is due the £3m compensation, but why the club ever agreed to put that in his contract – we have no idea.
We suspect Leekens does have something like that in his contract, and the case could drag on and go to court, and it’s a little ridiculous if a manager receives £3M for less than six months work, and that work was hardly successful.
Newcastle had a similar situation with Sam Allardyce when he was sacked about eight months into the job, shortly after Mike Ashley bought the club, and we understand Sam and his coaching staff were paid around £5M, with Sam getting one year’s wages as a compensation package – around £3M.
Brugge’s Vincent Mannaert talked about the Leekens contract a little today:
“When you sign an agreement, you always know that it may come to an end abruptly. It’s a matter of following all legal stipulations. That’s simple.”
From what’s being said here it could be that George is in his legal rights to demand the money, and that could be a huge embarrassment to the club.
That’s because the Belgian League is hardly flowing in big money, and to have to pay out £3M is a massive sum for a Belgian club – especially after the manager has been sacked for poor performance.
What do you think?
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