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In dispute with The King

In dispute with The King

The contract of Kanu is up, or is at least believed to be up?

A new contract, on much reduced wages, has been offered to 62-year-old Kanu although it is 'said' by his 'advisors' that he feels an automatically triggered contract, on his old wages, is in place.

Apparently a 'verbal agreement' is in place over this contract, although this is something that Admin Andy, quoted in The News, says the club will challenge legally if needed: 'I spoke to Kanu's agent earlier this week on this issue. He has thrown something into the pot that he has actually got an extension.

'I'm afraid we need to look at the legal position and go from there. Unfortunately, it seems this extension has been verbally agreed - and not fully documented.

'There are question marks over what verbal variations have been incorporated.

'As we are continuing to find, the legacy issues at this football club are huge.

'This latest situation is something we need to address. We want Kanu to stay and have offered him a new contract, which we want him to sign. But I am afraid the club comes first.'

Sadly, for Kanu, verbal contracts are not valid really are they - if only they were! I can only hazard a guess that the person verbally agreeing this was a certain Storrieteller...

As much as I appreciate what Kanu has done for us over the years, not that I think he cannot forget what we have done for him too mind, I find it in poor taste, given our situation, that money that he was previously on is still sought now should he stay.

Had there been some physical documentation of this, which is 'appears' there is not, then that puts a different complexion on this - as it is Kanu does not seem to have much of a leg to stand on...

This is of course an issue that we need to clear up quickly though as 'if' he has triggered a new contract then he will take up one of the places in our squad, if he has not then this gives us a little more room to manoeuvre, assuming we get these numbers below 20 - we, and he, then decide if we want him as part of this on the reduced wage.


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Date:Friday July 16 2010
Time: 2:47PM


I always had serious doubt about Kanu. He is a magician, true, but only for seconds in a whole match. I don't think we should keep him here. He has done a lot (his FA Cup goals) for this club and should move on.
Pompey Malta
16/07/2010 17:29:00
I guess this dispute is about wages not whether or not he has a contract next season. As for verbal contracts, yes they are legally binding, but only if you can prove it.
16/07/2010 17:38:00
Mind you its a total shame if we end up in a legal dispute with King Kanu - the old chap's a legend.
16/07/2010 17:39:00
'As we are continuing to find, the legacy issues at this football club are huge'. I bet they are. Which is probably why they have let Storie stay - for now. I would imgine Kanu will fight tooth and nail for his old style wages. Didn't he nearly go bankrupt a while go? I seem to recall he funds a children's heart hospital (or two) in his homeland.
16/07/2010 18:32:00
It's about whether a verbal contract is in place, if it is then no renegotiation of salary can take place without Kanu & agent agreeing. I've checked this out and a verbal contract is in place if the following are relevant; the conversation was witnessed- 3 people present, and or the people making that conversation were entitled to make that contract or believe that a contract was in place, there is no specific written clause to say a verbal contract cannot be used, the business has the principal of a verbal contract. If Kanu and or his agent had a conversation with the club, be it storrie, the owner or one of the clowns in the AlF period the club is probably screwed.
16/07/2010 18:33:00
If it only needs three people to agree a legally binding verbal contract, the mind boggles. A compliant player, agent and Storrie could screw us for years.
17/07/2010 11:45:00
isnt there always a dispute with kanu and contracts in pre season EVERY season. it will all be sorted two days before the opening match of the season!
17/07/2010 18:25:00
Bang on the money there, Pessimist!
18/07/2010 12:14:00
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