Royle denied City appeal

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Joe Royle's application to appeal the latest High Court ruling over his dismissal from Manchester City has been rejected by the House of Lords.

The current Ipswich Town boss saw an original court ruling that rewarded him over £422,000 in compensation overturned on appeal earlier in the year, with City being awarded costs.

The former Oldham Athletic and Everton chief then took his case to the House of Lords, but they have denied Royle the chance to appeal the latest ruling.

The dispute goes back to when Royle was sacked as City manager following the club's relegation from The Premiership at the end of the 2000/01 season.

Royle claimed he was entitled to compensation and initially won a cash settlement in the courts before City successfully appealed against the original decision.

This latest news may bring an end to the dispute between Royle and the Eastlands club.

As for his current role, Royle is hoping to secure Jim Magilton, Fabian Wilnis, Jimmy Juan and Dean McDonald to new contracts at Portman Road.

"We are hopeful that all four will sign and the indications are encouraging," Royle told the club's official website.