O'Leary wins compensation claim
By Football News
FIFA have ordered Al Ahli to pay David O'Leary 3.3 million pounds in compensation following his short spell in charge of the club.
The former Aston Villa manager joined the Dubai-based club in July 2010 and recorded six wins in his opening 14 matches, but a 5-1 defeat to Al Jazira saw him removed from his position by the club's owners after just eight months.
The Irishman took his claim for unfair dismissal to FIFA in March 2012 and on Friday won his case.
He asked football's world governing body to help him claim compensation for the remaining two years of his contract, and although Al Ahli argued that the former Republic of Ireland international had abandoned his job FIFA have ordered them to pay up.
"It has taken a long time to deal with this matter but I am pleased that all issues have now been finalised," O'Leary said after hearing FIFA's ruling.
"I would also like to thank Richard Bevan and the League Managers Association (LMA) as well as my outstanding legal team for their support and hard work in bringing my case to this very satisfactory conclusion.
"I hope my case provides reassurance to all managers and coaches working all over the world that there is a formal system in place that provides employment protection."
LMA chief executive Bevan also spoke of his delight that the interests of a manager had been looked after by FIFA, and hoped it would start to make clubs think before dismissing managers so soon into their time in charge.
"The added significance and wider impact of this process is the proof that FIFA has mechanisms in place which regulate worldwide employment issues," he said.
"It is extremely encouraging to know that the world governing body can provide a means of redress for managers and coaches at all levels seeking to establish their employment rights, wherever in the world they happen to work."