Clube Brugge Manager Wants £3M Severance Package

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.

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4 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Just proves that football and reality are mutually exclusive entities.

  • Sav

    Nov 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I bet that story sends the shivers up Mashley.

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Nov 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    And we should care about this because???

  • rwpoynter

    Nov 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Personally I think there should be no payouts for underperforming. If you are sacked because you are no good, then pack your bags and leave. If I had been offered £3million for being a disaster, I would have made as many cock ups as I could. Is this sending out the wrong messages, or what? To comment on another of my pet hates, now it seems at last that goal line technology is going to be instigated,but when on earth is the FA or FIFA going to crack down on shirt pulling? I know everyone does it, but that is because neither of these bodies does any thing about it, so everyone thinks it is OK. Although I have had criticisms in the past of him, I can totally empathise with Balotelli and his manager last night over what was a blatant denial of a penalty. What is the point of paying your players a fortune for a game in which the result is influenced by such basic incompetence.


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