JJB Sports chairman Sir David Jones has threatened Chris Ronnie, the retailer’s former chief executive, with legal action unless he returns documents and emails relating to his time at JJB.
Last week, Jones instructed JJB’s lawyers to issue Ronnie with a demand to return the documents, after Ronnie released to newspapers a number of emails in which Jones praises Ronnie’s efforts at JJB.
Ronnie has been trying to salvage his reputation after being sacked by JJB’s board for “gross misconduct” and a controversial share sale earlier this year.
In the emails, Jones wrote that the board supported Ronnie and his strategy, contradicting his subsequent public criticism of Ronnie.
Other emails also revealed that Jones, who was appointed chairman to turn around the company, criticised other members of the board.
Ronnie issued a statement this weekend, in which he said that “after the threat of costly legal action” he had agreed to return the documents and emails to JJB.
Ronnie said: “I am not surprised that Sir David has been embarrassed by publication of his e-mails - the truth can hurt, and it will continue to do so. Much of what Sir David wrote in 2007 and 2008 contradicts what JJB has recently published in its annual report.”