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ADO Den Haag coach Alan Pardew releases statement over relegation bonus claims

ADO Den Haag coach Alan Pardew has rejected claims he received a £100,000 bonus for avoiding relegation.

The former Newcastle manager found out on Friday that the Eredivise season had been scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic with his side seven points from safety. "When I signed for ADO there was a bonus clause in my contract for avoiding relegation, however, the figure is not the one being reported by the press," said Pardew, in a statement released on Sunday.

"These clauses are standard practice in the majority of managers' contracts around the world.

"It was my understanding that this clause would only be activated if we had finished the season and ADO had avoided relegation.

"However, on a technicality issue with regard to the way the Dutch season ended, I was informed ADO intended to pay the bonus.

"I immediately contacted the club and told them not to pay me the money and to either give it to the non-playing staff at the club or donate it to Holland's health service to help in their efforts to beat COVID-19."


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