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Home / Latest News / Former Cardiff City manager Dave Jones lodges £539,000 High Court claim against the club

Former Cardiff City manager Dave Jones lodges £539,000 High Court claim against the club

Former Cardiff City manager Dave Jones is suing the club for nearly £540,000.

A document filed at the High Court shows Jones claims he is owed the money in unpaid bonuses and for having his employment terminated.

He is claiming:

* £150,000 for reaching the FA Cup final in 2008;

* £100,000 for reaching the play-offs in April 2010;

* £250,000 for reaching the play-off final in May 2010;

* £100,000 for reaching the play-offs in May 2011

* £189,821 in unpaid termination payments.

The claim deducts a £250,000 sum Jones received from the club in 2011 for “outstanding bonuses”.

It means the total amount being claimed is £539,821, which the document says is as a result of Cardiff City acting in breach of contract.

However, the claim says that, in turn, Cardiff City is claiming £750,000 from Jones’ new club, Sheffield Wednesday.

But it describes the counter-claim as “misconceived” with “no real prospect of success”.

The claim reveals Jones was paid £750,000 a year as Cardiff City manager and that that would be his salary for as long as the club was playing in the Championship.

Details of his contract – effective from January 1, 2007 and revealed in the claim – show he would be paid a £100,000 bonus for reaching the play-offs and £250,000 for reaching the play-off final.

He would receive a £750,000 bonus for promotion to the Premier League, where his salary would have doubled to £1.5m.

He would have received another £750,000 for retaining Premier League status.

Jones, of Peterston-super-Ely in the Vale of Glamorgan, managed Cardiff City from 2005 until 2011.

The claim details how in May 2011, Gethin Jenkins, then Cardiff City’s CEO, informed Jones the club was terminating his employment.

But the club continued to make monthly payments equivalent to his salary, which Jones had agreed to receive instead of a lump sum due upon his termination.

The claim says that after Jones was appointed manager at Sheffield Wednesday FC, Cardiff City stopped making payments and instead is claiming £750,000 – 12 months’ salary – from Jones’ new club.

It adds: “[Cardiff City] also alleges breach of contract by the claimant but has, to date, failed to identify any loss sustained by the defendant save as to the purported payment allegedly due from Sheffield Wednesday”.

The claim states that after Cardiff City reached the FA Cup Final, then chairman Peter Ridsdale “verbally agreed” to pay Jones a £150,000 bonus “in consideration for his achievement in steering the defendant to its first FA Cup Final since 1927”. 

In the following seasons, Jones managed the club as it reached its highest league finish for 38 years in 2009 and the play-off final in 2010.

In May 2010, Vincent Tan and Dato Chan Tien Ghee took over the club, with the latter replacing Ridsdale as chairman.

The claim says Ridsdale “orally explained to them the provisions and the intention of the parties in relation to the contract”, in particular the contractual obligation to pay Jones if his employment was terminated.

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.”


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