Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers will miss out on a ┬ú2 million windfall because their former player Phil Jones did not start enough games in Manchester United’s title-winning season, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Despite his injury-hit campaign, Jones, 21, was praised by manager Sir Alex Ferguson for his impressive contribution to United’s runaway success.
The England international joined United for ┬ú16.5 million in summer 2011, and Blackburn owners Venky’s negotiated add-ons that would have triggered the extra payments.
But, for a second successive season, circumstances have conspired to deny the Ewood Park club that money.
Last season, Jones started 25 games – enough to trigger a ┬ú2 million payment – but United failed to win the league, with the extra money only due in the event of United being champions.
He has started only ten league games this season, and needed to have begun half the 38 league matches for the clause to be triggered.
Meanwhile, Blackburn are likely to have to pay out more than ┬ú2 million to settle former manager Henning Berg’s compensation claim.
Berg, a title-winner as a Rovers player, was sacked after only 57 days as manager earlier this season.
At a court hearing last week, Venky’s were told by a judge that they are likely to have to pay Berg the full ┬ú2.2 million he is claiming, despite attempts to reduce that sum.