Gary Loynd had worked at the club for seven years but was sacked in August without warning and given just eight weeks’ pay.
He was told in a letter that that the decision had nothing to do with his performance – but the club simply could not afford to keep him.
However, the tribunal heard yesterday that bosses were not happy with his work and have now drafted in an outside catering company instead.
Eric Axford and Kiran Patel said Mr Loynd was not doing the job as they wanted and was losing the club money.
Mr Axford even said that ‘a kick up the backside would not have gone amiss’ although he admitted that Mr Loynd was not told at the time.
Mr Loynd said that having been given no warning that his performance fell short of requirements, the dismissal came as a ‘bolt out of the blue’.
The employment tribunal agreed that it was not fair to have dismissed Mr Loynd without discussing his performance first and allowing him the chance to change.
It also recognised that in covering up the process as redundancy rather than dismissal the club did not follow correct disciplinary procedures.
It was ruled that the Jersey Rugby Football Club must pay Mr Loynd a total £4,455, £4,290 of which covers 26 weeks pay at £165 a week and a further £165 to cover five days holiday entitlement.