Royle lands City windfall

Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle has been awarded more than £422,000 in damages after he launched a compensation claim against his former club, Manchester City.

Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle has been awarded more than £422,000 in damages after he launched a compensation claim against his former club, Manchester City.

Royle, 55, who worked as a BBC pundit during Euro 2004, sued the club when he received only a fraction of the pay-off he was due after being sacked in May 2001.

Following the judgment at Manchester County Court, Mr Royle issued a statement condemning the club s treatment of him as "scandalous and unwarranted".

The ruling followed a two-day hearing in Liverpool earlier this year.

The hearing was told Mr Royle was sacked by the club days after losing the final league match against Chelsea in May.