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Guan Tianlang fires fine 69 in New Orleans

Guan steals the show again as teenage sensation makes cut in New Orleans while Rose is hot on heels of leader Glover

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

21:10 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

09:02 GMT, 27 April 2013

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Lucas Glover took his place at the top of the leaderboard at the midway point of the Zurich Classic as Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang once again caught the eye.

American Glover carded a 67 on the second day to add to his opening round of 65 to sit 12 under par overall, one stroke ahead of his countryman Boo Weekley.

But just as many eyes were focused a little further down the leaderboard, where 14-year-old Guan matched his achievement at the Masters by making the cut with nothing to spare, carding a 69 to finish three under for the day and for the tournament in a share of 57th.

In form: Guan Tianlang reacts as his birdie putt just misses on the ninth green

In form: Guan Tianlang reacts as his birdie putt just misses on the ninth green

'I think I played a very good round
today and I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs,' he
told www.pgatour.com. 'So I think I had a pretty good round.

'Making the cut is one of my goals.
I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go a
little further into the weekend.'

Guan's round, which contained five
birdies and two bogeys and was watched by huge crowds from start to
finish, took some of the spotlight away from Glover at the top of the
leaderboard.

Teenage kicks: Guan Tianlang playing a tee shot in his second round

Teenage kicks: Guan Tianlang playing a tee shot in his second round

Glover sunk eight birdies against
three bogeys to take over at the top from overnight leader Ricky Barnes,
who undid much of his good work on day one by carding a four-over 76,
12 shots worse than his opening round.

Weekley got his second eagle in as
many days, at the par-four 10th, to sit a shot behind Glover and one
ahead of DA Points, while Morgan Hoffmann was fourth on nine under and
Ernie Els fifth on eight under.

Meeting the fans: Guan signs an autograph for a young fan after finishing the for the day

Meeting the fans: Guan signs an autograph for a young fan after finishing the for the day

Hoffmann, a relative youngster on
tour who, at 23, is till nearly 10 years older than Guan, said of the
achievement of the young Chinese: '[It] is unbelievable. You know, The
Masters and then here, it's awesome…

'I hope he understands what he's doing, because everybody out here is following him.'

Parental guidance: Guan wipes his face after taking water from his mother, Liu Hongyu

Parental guidance: Guan wipes his face after taking water from his mother, Liu Hongyu

England's Justin Rose and Brian Davis
led the European challenge in a group of six men on seven under, one
ahead of Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts.

Defending champion Jason Dufner just made the cut, like Guan, at three under.

Bubba Watson in tears AGAIN at The Masters

Blubba Watson II! Masters champion in tears AGAIN on return to defend his title at Augusta (two days before the tournament even starts!)

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Breakdown: Watson cries on the shoulder of his mother Molly after his 2012 victory

Seemingly beaten, with his ball
trapped in the straw between the pine trees and towering magnolias, he
somehow contrived to find the green from 165 yards with his wedge before two-putting to
victory.

Watson starts his defence on Thursday
alongside Ian Poulter, with 2012 US Amateur champion Steven Fox, in
what promises to be a fascinating group.

The Englishman, of course, reduced
Watson to tears of sorrow last October as he steered Europe to a
miraculous Ryder Cup victory in Medinah.

For Bubba's sake, let's hope he makes the cut on Friday. Or else he might just cry again…

Heady times: Bubba Watson gestures after his play-off victory at Augusta last year

Heady times: Bubba Watson gestures after his play-off victory at Augusta last year

VIDEO Watch Bubba's emotional press conference

Masters champion Bubba Watson bursts into tears

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New England Nike kit: "Leaked" image of rumoured away shirt

Is this the new England kit 'Leaked' image claims to be latest Three Lions' away strip…

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

13:59 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 20 March 2013

The new England kit will be launched next month but have fans already been treated to a first look at the away strip

A leaked image was posted on various internet sites, claiming that this red jersey will be worn by Roy Hodgson's men.

Sports manufacturing giants Nike are now in control of the Football Association kit sponsorship – including branding of the National Football Centre at St George’s Park – after replacing long-standing partners Umbro.

Is this the new England away kit This 'leaked' image claims to be the latest offering from sports giants Nike

Is this the new England away kit This 'leaked' image claims to be the latest offering from sports giants Nike

It is understood that Nike will officially unveil the new Three Lions' shirts on St George's Day, April 23.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole can look forward to wearing the new white home kit on May 29 at Wembley against the Republic of Ireland, with the away number to be debuted in Rio this summer.

England play Brazil in June as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, which plays a prominent part in the rumoured away design with a gold FA badge crest embroidered on the chest.

The minimalistic all-red jersey – pictured above – apparently has a polo collar with buttons to complete a smart look, that appears to be inspired by England's historic 1966 World Cup success.

All smiles: Wayne Roney

Training day: England's Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson

Kit special: Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson – all Nike athletes – can look forward to the new strip

Nike, however, refused to confirm whether the 'leaked' image is the genuine article but admitted all will be revealed soon.

'Nike creates different design options and samples at different stages in the kit design process,' a spokesperson told Sportsmail.

'We will unveil the actual designs later this year and until then we cannot comment on images of England kit designs that are circulating on the web.'

England will play in the white Umbro home kit for the last time in the forthcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro before switching to the Swoosh.

Farewell: England players will wear Umbro for their next two World Cup qualifying games for the last time

Farewell: England players will wear Umbro for their next two World Cup qualifying games for the last time

Players need to “stand up” says Lampard ahead of San Marino

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Andy Flower praises England team after India victory

They've done country proud! Flower hails England heroes after victory in India

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 17 December 2012

Andy Flower believes his England side have done the country proud after sealing a rare series victory in India.

Needing just a draw to claim a 2-1 win and their first series success in India for nearly 28 years, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both struck centuries as England safely negotiated the final day’s play in Nagpur.

Flower took particular satisfaction from the fact his side learnt from their mistakes after losing the first Test, although he warned them against complacency in the future.

Beer we go! Tim Bresnan, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow

Beer we go! Tim Bresnan, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow

'They’ve really done themselves proud here and their country proud,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'To come out here and show that they’ve learnt things is one of the special things about this victory.

'They’ve learnt how to play spin a lot better, obviously not the finished article but they’ve learnt how to play spin a lot better, they’ve learnt how to take 20 wickets in these conditions and they’ve learnt how to be resilient in foreign conditions.

'I think those are all things they can be very proud of.'

A nine-wicket humbling in Ahmedabad led to much derision from the media that England could not play spin in the sub-continent, following on from their 3-0 loss against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

But Flower was rewarded for his patience with the batsmen as England charged back with victories in Mumbai and Kolkata.

'It's nice for that faith to be repaid,' he added. 'I must say after that first Test loss I was heartened by the way that we played in the second part of the first innings and heartened by the way we played in the second innings.

'I’ve also seen the work, obviously very close hand, that they were doing in training and I was convinced they were better players of spin than they showed in the first bit of that first innings in Ahmedabad – that cost us really dear there.

'We didn't know which way it was going to go but I think they’ve proved they've learnt a lot especially some of the older players.

'That is a testament to some of their humility and their maturity to continue their learning into this phase of their career.'

Captain Alastair Cook savoured a 'very special' series win.

He said: 'It’s a very special day for us, it’s been a special tour. The bowlers have been brilliant and our batters have contributed big runs. Everyone in the squad can be very proud, especially after Ahmedabad and that heavy defeat.'

Opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted India’s batting at times had let them down, but praised James Anderson, named man of the match after taking four for 81 in India’s first innings.

Bowled over: Coach David Saker with Anderson

Bowled over: Coach David Saker with Anderson

'I think we struggled in the batting department but the difference between the two bowling sides was James Anderson,' he said.

'He bowled really well. He was testing the batsman quite often.'

The lifeless pitch in Nagpur attracted some criticism and Dhoni acknowledged it did not suit either side.

'There was not much really for the fast bowlers or the spinners,' he added.

'It was difficult to score runs but if you kept your head down it was difficult to get the batsmen out.'

Anderson, who finished with 12 wickets in the series after mastering reverse swing in the third and fourth Tests, said: 'When we come over here, people think that spinners are going to get all the wickets but we knew that the seamers had a job to do.

'I've bowled better than I have before. Reverse swing has been a key part of us doing well.'

Even after Anderson prevented India taking a first-innings lead, there were some concerns for England at 94 for three before Trott and Bell put on 208.

Trott said: 'We'd lost two pretty quick wickets there, but Ian and myself dug in and complimented each other quite well with the tempo we batted at.'

There was some ill feeling out in the middle late in yesterday's play, not least after Trott chased down a wayward Ravichandran Ashwin no-ball and cracked it for four, but the Warwickshire batsman added: “I enjoy that, it gets me going.

'We’d take all the runs we could at that stage, to get a boundary early on was important so I’ll definitely take it – I’m not giving it back.'

County colleague Bell agreed, saying: 'The way I was batting I would have done the same. I would have taken any run at that time.'

Bell's hundred was his first in Tests this year and salvaged a poor personal tour which started with a dismal golden duck in Ahmedabad before he missed the second Test for the birth of his first child.

He said: 'It's been a tricky tour so it’s nice to finish on a high and nice to contribute today. Up to now I (only) had a run-out so it was nice to get some with the bat as well.'

Christian Benteke not for sale, warns Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Benteke is going nowhere! Villa boss Lambert insists he won't sell striker

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 3 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned any interested clubs that 7million summer signing Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Benteke has been in sparkling form since his move from Genk on a four year contract.

He has has netted six goals, replaced Darren Bent as Villa’s No 1 striker, and also established himself in the Belgium side.

Denied: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out against QPR at the weekend

Denied: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out against QPR at the weekend

Lambert is constantly singing the praises of the 21-year-old and is adamant he will remain at Villa should any interest be forthcoming in the player.

He said: 'Christian has been excellent for us. He is a big strong lad but he can also play.

'If he keeps progressing the way he has so far, he will be an incredible player.

'I have to hold onto Benteke. He’s going nowhere.'

Lambert added: “I have run out of things to say about Christian. He is not the finished article but he has been excellent for us and a fans’ favourite.

'You have to be a good player to get into the current Belgium side and he has scored plenty of goals for them already.

'He might not peak for a few years yet. He’s only 21 and can be anything he wants.'

Mercedes fined for Michael Schumacher incident in Korea Grand Prix qualifying

Mercedes hit with 8k fine after unsafe Schumacher release in Korea qualifying

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 13 October 2012

Mercedes have been fined 10,000 euros (8,000) for their unsafe release of Michael Schumacher during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The German, who will retire at the end of the season, came out of his garage during the final minutes of Q3 just as Lewis Hamilton was heading down the pitlane.

Punished: Michael Schumacher ventured out of the pitlane at an inopportune moment

Punished: Michael Schumacher ventured out of the pitlane at an inopportune moment

The McLaren driver was forced to take rapid evasive action as Schumacher pulled into his path, narrowly avoiding a collision.

And having examined video evidence of the incident and heard from team representatives, Mercedes were found guilty of breaching article 23.12 of the FIA sporting regulations and fined.

Double trouble: Schumacher was also reprimanded for an incident in practise

Double trouble: Schumacher was also reprimanded for an incident in practise

Schumacher himself was reprimanded on Friday for impeding the HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan during second practice.

The stewards also confirmed Karthikeyan will be able to start Sunday's race, despite failing to set a time during qualifying after a brake failure during Q1.

Premier League Bootroom: Robin Van Persie dare not fail at Manchester United – Martin Keown

Bootroom: Van Persie dare not fail at Manchester United

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 14 September 2012

Robin van Persie saw Arsenal's performance at Anfield two weeks ago and used it to motivate himself at Southampton.

Their display against Liverpool was probably the best I've seen from them in four or five years. Van Persie will have digested the result and considered for a moment if he had made the right choice in leaving.

Three and easy: Van Persie bagged a hat-trick last tine out for Manchester United

Three and easy: Van Persie bagged a hat-trick last tine out for Manchester United

What's the score: Jamie Carragher

He will have seen the service Lukas
Podolski and Olivier Giroud are getting from Santiago Cazorla and
wondered if he had left just as Arsenal were clicking.

Winning so well
at Anfield a week after the champions went there and struggled is
impressive. It’s early days but it is possible that they could challenge
for the title.

Van Persie knows he must not fail at Manchester United. He left Arsenal because he wanted to win trophies and it will be unthinkable for him if Arsenal win one this season and United don’t.

It must be a massive motivation for him and it showed against Southampton. Having missed a penalty, he could see the negative headlines. So he had to make amends. He’s taken responsibility for his team already because of his personal mission to win something. He has to make sure he’s scoring and that his team are winning and doing better than Arsenal.

Van Persie looks like an inspired signing for United, who have bought the finished article, the outstanding player in the Premier League last season. If he hadn’t been there in the last two games, they would have struggled.

People used to goad the Arsenal fans by saying they were a one-man team but Manchester United don’t look much different.

Patience of a Santi: Arsenal are building a new team under Arsene Wenger

Patience of a Santi: Arsenal are building a new team under Arsene Wenger

How the big men match up: The Premier League's tall players

It's unusual for a new signing to
start so well — normally there is more of a bedding- in period. But he
was in such a rich vein of form that the switch doesn’t matter.

He’s clearly enjoying playing with Paul Scholes. Wayne Rooney has been the United talisman since Cristiano Ronaldo left and you don’t ever want him out injured. But Van Persie’s presence means his absence is not a crisis.

Not many players who have left
Arsenal in their prime have gone on to be hugely successful. Think of
Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Hleb. But Van Persie will want to
emulate Patrick Vieira, who also left at 29 and won a host of trophies
in Italy.

TALL ORDER

Manchester City can expect an aerial bombardment from Peter Crouch and Stoke, but they are well equipped to deal with it.

When you look at the starting XIs for the last round of fixtures (right), you can see they are one of the biggest teams in the Premier League with six players over 6ft: Joe Hart (6ft 5in), Vincent Kompany (6ft 4in), Joleon Lescott (6ft 2in), Aleksandar Kolarov (6ft 1in), Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko (6ft 3in).

PRAYING FOR PEACE AT QPR

There is so much riding on the game at Loftus Road between QPR and Chelsea after what happened between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand last season.

Chelsea have started well but they did last season, too, and then unravelled after the defeat at QPR. They need to avoid a repeat. More importantly, it is vital that everyone involved — players, staff, fans — should treat each other with respect.

We should be talking about football after the game, not another unsavoury incident. The players must set the right tone, even though passions will, as ever, be running high for a local derby.

Bootroom: The weekend's matches

Bootroom: The weekend action

London 2012 Olympics: Brazil 3 Belarus 1

Brazil 3 Belarus 1: Neymar and Oscar turn on the style to sink spirited Belarusians

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17:37 GMT, 29 July 2012

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As Brazil came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1, Chelsea new boy Oscar showed his potential by bagging a late goal. But it was compatriot Neymar who stole the show – proving he is the finished article.

This week Barcelona made it clear they want Neymar to join them after the Olympics and it is easy to see why.

His dazzling skills wowed all 66,212 spectators at Old Trafford throughout this Group C match, with the crowning glory coming in the 65th minute when the 20-year-old bent a peach of a set-piece over the wall and past the sprawling Aleksandr Gutor.

The dynamic duo: Neymar (right) and Chelsea's Oscar lit up Old Trafford as Brazil beat Belarus

The dynamic duo: Neymar (right) and Chelsea's Oscar lit up Old Trafford as Brazil beat Belarus

Brazil have now qualified for the last eight with one match to spare, but they were given a stern test by Belarus, who opened the scoring through Renan Bardini Bressan.

Neymar crossed for Alexandre Pato to equalise and also set up Oscar for Brazil's third after his brilliant effort had put them ahead.

After the drab 1-1 draw between Egypt and New Zealand that preceded this game, the flamboyant crowd inside Old Trafford were looking for some top-class entertainment from Brazil and they got it in abundance early on.

Not a bad start: Chelsea's new signing, Oscar, capped a solid performance with a neat finish

Not a bad start: Chelsea's new signing, Oscar, capped a solid performance with a neat finish

A class above: Neymar stole the show at Old Trafford with a beauty of a freekick

A class above: Neymar stole the show at Old Trafford with a beauty of a freekick

The Selecao started confidently, with Rafael, Hulk and Pato sending over teasing crosses, but the carnival atmosphere was punctured after seven minutes when Belarus scored.

Aleksei Kozlov of Torpedo Zhodzin raced down the right flank and found Bardini Bressan at the back post where the midfielder directed a downward header past Neto.

Brazil soon had their equaliser. Neymar came in from the left flank and curled a wonderful cross to the back post where the AC Milan man out-jumped his marker to head past Gutor.

Brazil dominated possession, but Belarus still looked dangerous. Bardini Bressan went close with a fierce drive and Neto had to frantically back-pedal to tip over the midfielder's free-kick shortly afterwards.

Come here lads: Thiago Silva hugs the two star men as he congratulates them

Come here lads: Thiago Silva hugs the two star men as he congratulates them

Not a bad lineup: Alexandre Pato also got in on the act as Brazil dismantled their opposition

Not a bad lineup: Alexandre Pato also got in on the act as Brazil dismantled their opposition

After the break Gutor pulled off an athletic save to palm away a drive from Marcelo and Sergi Politevich threw himself in front of Oscar just before the new Chelsea man could pull the trigger.

Bardini Bressan's cross-shot almost slipped past Neto at the back post during a rare Belarus attack, and the Europeans were looking good value for a draw until Neymar's moment of brilliance.

Stanislav Dragun tripped the Santos forward 20 yards out and Neymar took the free-kick himself, curling his shot over the wall and into the far corner.

Neymar was desperate for a second but was denied by a forceful challenge after beating three Belarus defenders to break in to the box.

Another moment of Neymar brilliance sealed the win in injury time. The forward drifted in from the left flank and skipped past two defenders before backheeling in to Oscar's path and he made no mistake from close range.

Medal contenders Brazil look likely to get a place on the podium

Medal contenders Brazil look likely to get a place on the podium

Brazil have won five World Cups, but have never claimed gold at the Olympics.

Neymar was cautious when asked about his team's chances of going all the way at London 2012, but was happy with their performance on Sunday.

'It was a perfect game, not for me, but for the whole team,' he said.

'I scored and made two assists so for me it was perfect, but I don't know if we can win the competition.

'It is a difficult tournament with so many good teams in it, but we will try our best to win it.'

Sea of stars: Brazil's squad boasts players from some of the world's top teams including Real Madrid, Chelsea, Porto, Santos and Milan

Sea of stars: Brazil's squad boasts players from some of the world's top teams including Real Madrid, Chelsea, Porto, Santos and Milan

Brazil head coach Mano Menezes was reluctant to single out Neymar for praise but was still happy to see his team come from behind to win.

'I was happy with all the players' performances,' he said. 'The most important thing was that we won and that we qualified from this group with one match to spare.

'The (CBF) president Jose Maris Marin has already received a call from the ex-president Lula congratulating the team on qualifying.

'Our supporters are also happy and we have taken an important step in these Olympics today.'

The Price is right! Deadly David promises bigger things after demolishing Sam Sexton

The Price is right! Deadly David promises bigger things after demolishing Sam Sexton

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UPDATED:

23:35 GMT, 19 May 2012

David Price claimed the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles with a comprehensive victory over Sam Sexton by technical knockout in Liverpool.

The referee called a halt to proceedings in the fourth round of a one-sided clash when Sexton, who did not look in the same class as his opponent, was sent crashing to the canvas.

Price, 28, told Sky Sports 1: 'It's everything I've worked towards since I turned professional. This was the first target, that's done. Now we can move on.'

Onwards and upwards: David Price's victory take him a step closer to a world title fight

Onwards and upwards: David Price's victory take him a step closer to a world title fight

Sexton, 27, had already been sent sprawling in the third as Price unveiled his impressive jab.

'I felt like I boxed the perfect fight,' Price said. 'I don't think Sam Sexton laid a glove on me. I knew when I started getting through I'd hurt him.'

Asked what was next, Price said: 'I'm ready to move on and challenge the best out there.

'I've got to take my time, but making a statement like that, I'm going to have to move forward again.'

Price predicted he would go on to become world champion.

'I believe that is my destiny,' he said. 'I'm doing everything right. 'I'm just going to keep working in the gym. I'm not the finished article yet but I will get there.'

Promoter Frank Maloney added: 'What we saw tonight was a perfect performance – 10 out of 10. That's the best jab I've seen since Lennox Lewis.

'We've now got someone who I believe will bring the heavyweight world title back to Britain.'

Nick Barmby sacked by Hull

Barmby sacked by Hull after criticising owners' ambition

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 8 May 2012

Sacked: Nick Barmby's reign at Hull is over

Sacked: Nick Barmby's reign at Hull is over

Nick Barmby has been sacked from his job as manager of Hull City.

Barmby was suspended last month pending an internal investigation by owners, Assem and Ehab Allam.

The former England international, who has been in charge since Nigel Pearson's return to Leicester in November, questioned the Allam family's ambitions in a local newspaper article after narrowly missing out on the play-offs.

Ehab Allem, vice-chairman of the Tigers, released a statement on the club's website.

The statement read: 'Following recent speculation in the media Hull City can now confirm that following a brief period of suspension Nick Barmby has today been dismissed from his role as first-team manager of the club with immediate effect.

'The reason for the dismissal relates to certain comments made by Nick in recent interviews. The comments concerned were wholly misleading and implied that the board had not made funds available to Nick to strengthen the first-team squad during the January transfer window.

'Such is not only completely untrue, the comments made by Nick contradicted the board's publicly stated position that funds would be made available to Nick during the January transfer window.

'As stated in previous interviews, the board accepted every transfer request from Nick and in fact actively encouraged him to strengthen the squad should he feel it was necessary.

'The board consider the comments made by Nick unjustifiably cast public doubt on the honesty and integrity of the board and its members.

'The relationship between the team manager and the board is of prime importance to the success of any football club.

'In making the comments Nick made, he completely undermined the trust and confidence that needs to exist between the team manager and the board.

'The club sincerely hopes that its fans will recognise that the decision to dismiss Nick was not taken lightly. The decision was taken following meetings with Nick where he had every opportunity to state his case and make representations.

'The club feels that it has treated Nick entirely fairly and in the same way that it would have treated any other employee in the same situation.

'Having been prepared to give Nick his first opportunity in football management, and for it to end like this, has been a particular disappointment to the board.

'Notwithstanding the circumstances of this 'parting of the ways' the board wish Nick every success in his future career and thank him for the service he has provided to the club since his return to his home town in 2004.

'The club can confirm that the search for a new manager will begin immediately.'