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Nantes told to pay former coach 880,000 euros compensation

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 8 Sep 2008

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French first division side Nantes have been ordered to pay 879,462 euros (1.2 million dollars) compensation to former coach Georges Eo for unfair dismissal.

Eo had been demanding 3.3 million euros in compensation.

But an employment tribunal found that Eo had not been hired on a long-term contract and awarded him the equivalent of the two years left on his contract on the basis of a monthly salary of 35,178 euros.

Eo said that he was still not satisfied with the decision.

“Aside from the financial compensation I'm still not satisfied with the fashion in which I left. Fifteen months after my sacking I still feel nostalgic and very sad,” he said.

The club argued that Eo was to blame for his contract being broken, stating that he had been offered the role of advisor to club president Rudi Roussillon, on a monthly salary of 20,000 euros.

Eo took over at Nantes in September 2006, but was sacked five months later, as the club stood second last in the league. He was replaced by his deputy Michel Der Zakarian, who could not save the club from relegation.

The club returned to the top flight last season.

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