Pearson sacked as Hull crisis deepens following Barmby suspension
12:07 GMT, 1 May 2012
Hull head of football operations Adam Pearson has been sacked after manager Nick Barmby was suspended on Monday.
Pearson, 47, who spent six years as chairman of the club from 2001, has had his consultancy role terminated 'without notice and without compensation'.
Gone: Pearson, who spent six years as chairman, has been sacked
A club statement issued this morning read: 'When we acquired the football club we made it clear we would run it in accordance with sound and proper business principles and procedures.
'We have not and will not deviate from those principles.
'Therefore although we fully appreciate
the supporters' and media's desire for information we cannot comment on
the manager's position at the present time. We will however provide
further information when we are able to do so.
In doubt: Hull's owners refused to comment on Barmby's situation
'Having listened to media speculation today over funds not being available in the January transfer window, we reiterate that funds were available as previously stated by us.
'We also confirm the club has terminated the consultancy agreement with Adam Pearson without notice and without compensation.
'We are also aware of speculation about the club being up for sale. We can categorically confirm there is no truth in that rumour and we are fully committed to Hull City and its future.'
Sportsmail understands Barmby has
been suspended by the Championship club pending an internal
investigation by its owners.
Barmby, who has been in charge since
Nigel Pearson's return to Leicester in November, questioned the Allam
family's ambitions in a recent local newspaper article after narrowly
missing out on the play-offs.
The former England international was
suspended on the day former chairman and chief executive Adam Pearson,
one of his chief allies in the Yorkshire club's boardroom, walked out.
Just missing out: Hull finished the season in eighth – two places outside the play-off spots
Fans' favourite Barmby is expected to
remain away for a fortnight as officials investigate his comments in an
interview on April 12 in which he was critical of the Allam family,
owners of a Hull-based generator firm and 214th on the Sunday Times rich
But his future looks ominous and
former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy and ex-Derby manager Billy Davies are
the first to be linked with the job.
In a statement the Allems said: 'We are aware of the press speculation and we are not in a position to make any comment.'
The majority of fans have already
expressed their outrage at Barmby's treatment on local radio, while a
small minority believe the former Tigers player has antagonised the
Barmby has insisted
on several occasions in recent weeks that team strengthening was vital
during the summer if Hull were to mount a serious promotion challenge
and that he would be expecting financial support from the board.
quit as Leeds United's commercial director in 2001 to buy Hull and take
over as chairman while they were in administration and languishing at
the bottom end of the old Third Division.
In July 2007 he resigned to make way for new owner Paul Duffen, but
returned to the club as chairman again in November 2009 and then became
head of football operations under new owner Russell Bartlett after the
club had been relegated from the Barclays Premier League in the summer
Pearson stayed on in his role when the Allam family took control from Bartlett in December 2010.