Vice chairman John Coates has defended chief executive Tony Scholes and his pay packet at Stoke City.
The club accounts, which came out in December, suggested Scholes was paid £855,000 in the season after relegation and appeared to indicate his pay had gone up £155,000.
But when Scholes was quizzed on the matter at last night’s Fan Forum at the bet365 Stadium, Coates stepped in to answer and said of the rise: “That’s not true.”
He continued: “Accounts can say many things and Tony did not get such a pay increase.
“What I can tell you is that Tony has been working with us for a long time and a lot of those years were some of the best in the club’s history.
“We’ve had two bad years and I share responsibility.
“We find Tony a good guy to work with, we think he’s good at his job and all I can tell you about remuneration, whatever Tony is paid it doesn’t stop us investing in the team or management team.”
When asked if the club needed a director of football, the vice chairman replied: “Recruitment hasn’t been quite as good as we’d have liked and we are working with Michael (O’Neill) to come up with the right structure and team to get it right.
“Bear with us on that one.”