Football: Wilkins sues Fulham

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The Independent Online
RAY WILKINS is to sue Fulham for more than pounds 1m over his sacking as the club's manager last year.

Wilkins, who is presently standing in as Chelsea coach for the gaoled Graham Rix, was sacked by the club's chief operating officer, Kevin Keegan, eight months into a five-year contract worth pounds 175,000 a year. Although he was paid up in full to the end of August this year, he is claiming the remainder of his contract, worth pounds 714,583. He is also suing Fulham for pounds 200,000 in bonuses.

A writ was issued by Wilkins' legal team on 23 April, in which they made it clear that he aims to secure the 0.5 per cent stake in the club promised to him as part of his contract, in addition to damages and interest on the money to which he believes he is entitled.

Meanwhile, Charlton's 36-year-old striker Mark Bright has announced he is retiring. Bright scored 209 goals from 574 games in a career spanning 15 years and six clubs. He made his debut for Port Vale in 1981-82 and his peak years came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he formed a prolific partnership with Ian Wright at Crystal Palace.

Bright is currently starring in a West End stage production of Beauty and the Beast and has worked as a television analyst.

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