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Adam Pearson sacked by Hull but no comment on Nick Barmby

Pearson sacked as Hull crisis deepens following Barmby suspension

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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
list.

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
owners.

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.

Pearson
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
of 2010.

Pearson stayed on in his role when the Allam family took control from Bartlett in December 2010.

Kenny Dalglish says Liverpool are a work in progress

Dalglish says Liverpool still have plenty of work to do after booking second cup final place

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 14 April 2012

Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool remain 'a work in progress' after booking an FA Cup final appearance by beating Merseyside rivals Everton 2-1 at Wembley.

The Reds were forced to come from behind after Nikica Jelavic had capitalised on a Jamie Carragher mistake to give the Toffeemen a half-time advantage.

But an equally disastrous blunder from Sylvain Distin gifted Luis Suarez an equaliser before Andy Carroll silenced the doubters by ramming home the winner three minutes from time.

Another final: Kenny Dalglish celebrates victory with assistant Steve Clarke after the semi-final

Another final: Kenny Dalglish celebrates victory with assistant Steve Clarke after the semi-final

It means Liverpool will have the chance to add an FA Cup to the Carling Cup they won in February when they face either Chelsea or Tottenham at Wembley on May 5.

However, Dalglish is refusing to get carried away.

'It is called a work in progress,' he said.

'We have said that many times before and there is no need for us to change.

'After the Carling Cup I said we are not the finished article and we are saying the same thing now.'

Nevertheless, after what Dalglish accepts has been a difficult period, culminating in the departure of director of football Damien Comolli on Thursday, a rather strange season would surely be regarded as a success if Liverpool ended it as a double trophy winner.

Back in the game: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates his equaliser

Back in the game: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates his equaliser

'Winning gives you a good feeling,' he said.

'If you can't enjoy winning, you might as well put the lid on the box because it is time up.

'Whether it helps or hinders lies with the individual.

'You can get a taste of it, think it is great for us to go forward and try and win something else because you enjoyed that so much or you can go complacent and say that is great we have won a trophy, that is all I wanted to do.

'The most important thing is that the players want to be more successful than they have been.'

Goal heroes: Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez celebrate

Goal heroes: Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez celebrate

That Carroll should score the winner was sweeter because the 35million man had wasted a golden chance to equalise at the start of the second half when he nodded Stewart Downing's excellent far-post cross wide from point-blank range.

However, as is his preference, Dalglish spread the praise amongst his entire squad rather than concentrate on the character of one individual, no matter how high profile.

'It is testament to everybody's character,' he said.

Late joy: Liverpool players celebrate after Carroll's late goal

Late joy: Liverpool players celebrate after Carroll's late goal

'They have held themselves together and had the resolve to come back and respond positive to what has not been a great period in the club's history.

'It is not a time for us to sit down and individualise performances and go through everyone who has been on the pitch.

'It is a time for us to enjoy the moment, be respectful to Everton and over the next two or three days get back to work and make sure we are fully focussed on the league games and the cup finals still to come.

'It is not a tap you can turn on and off. If we don't keep going we won't get success.'

Thimaar breaks track record in landing Queen"s Prize at Kempton

Thimaar breaks track record in landing Queen's Prize at Kempton

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UPDATED:

15:18 GMT, 7 April 2012

Last year's jockey title rivals were
at full pelt in the Betfred The Bonus King Queen's Prize at Kempton as
Paul Hanagan and Thimaar edged out the De Sousa-ridden Gulf Of Naples.

Thimaar (4-1) had the air of a
potentially good stayer last season and, now gelded, looked closer to
the finished article as he lowered the two-mile track record.

Track record: Thimaar and Paul Hanagan land the Queen's Prize

Track record: Thimaar and Paul Hanagan land the Queen's Prize

Soon in front under Hanagan, he was tackled by 100-30 favourite Gulf Of Naples with two furlongs remaining and was made to pull out all the stops to win by a length, with a yawning seven lengths back to the rest.

'He was the heaviest horse in the yard by a long way last year, so we gelded him because if you weigh less, there's less to carry. It was nothing to do with his attitude,' said trainer John Gosden.

'He has won at Ascot before and will now go for the Sagaro Stakes on May 2.'

Long action: Thimaar has Sagaro target

Long action: Thimaar has Sagaro target

Hanagan, who has made a good start to life as Hamdan Al Maktoum's number one rider, said: 'He's an absolute pleasure to ride, he could get into a lovely rhythm round there and has a lovely temperament.

'He's got such a long action and he likes to use it.

'I didn't really want to commit that far out but the Mark Johnston horse took me on and it probably did him a bit of good, he pricked his ears and went again.'

James Fanshawe's Captivator showed determination to short-head the 7-4 favourite Law Of The Range in the Betfred Mobile Sports Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes.

Lord Vestey's home-bred had captured some minor black type last season but appeared an improved mare at five.

Kieren Fallon pointed Captivator (11-1) through the gaps but faced a sustained challenge from Law Of The Range in the final stages and only just held on.

'We tried her over longer distances last season but she seems to have become quicker so this mile suited,' said Fanshawe.

'She's from a really good family, the dam Cashew has produced horses like Macadamia, and it's great she has stayed in training.

'I'm going to have to have a think about where she'll go now.'

Fallon factor: Captivator ridden (left) took the Snowdrop Fillies Stakes

Fallon factor: Captivator ridden (left) took the Snowdrop Fillies Stakes

Law Of The Range, who was jarred-up from her outing at Glorious Goodwood at the end of July, also thrilled connections with her effort.

A drop back to a mile brought about a startling turn of fortunes for Nazreef in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap.

Hughie Morrison's gelding failed at hurdling before winning the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton but had made little impression in last week's Rosebery Handicap at the Sunbury course.

Always in front under Darryll Holland, Nazreef looked surrounded with a furlong remaining but found another gear to quicken three lengths clear of 100-30 favourite Double Dealer.

Owner Mike Watson said: 'We tried him over longer last week but it didn't really work. He's been a great horse for us. He's best on the Polytrack but Hughie says he'll go on grass if it's no quicker than good.

Nobody does it better: Darryl Holland at his front-running best on Nazreef

Nobody does it better: Darryl Holland at his front-running best on Nazreef

'He'd like to run him in the Spring Cup at Newbury but it might come too fast, so there's races like the Hunt Cup and the London Mile Final here later in the year.'

Mark Johnston unleashed what looked a pretty smart early-season juvenile as Baileys Jubilee sprinted clear in the Betfred The Bonus King Bingo/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

The daughter of Bahamian Bounty (9-1) looked one of the sharper candidates in the paddock but her turn of foot when asked to go by Silvestre de Sousa with a furlong to run was electrifying as she sprinted four lengths away from Marvelino.

Smart prospect: Baileys Jubilee and Silvestre De Sousa (left) took the maiden

Smart prospect: Baileys Jubilee and Silvestre De Sousa (left) took the maiden

Modern Society, a very rare skewbald or 'painted' racehorse, looked no more than a curiosity at present as he finished a distant last.

Johnston's assistant, Jock Bennett, said: 'She had known her job in the stalls at home and she had been working well, but the best thing about that was the way she picked up and went away. '

It gives us a bit more of a line with our two-year-olds now. I'd imagine she'll go on for a novice event.'

Manchester City claims of racial abuse at Porto given UEFA hearing date

UEFA set Porto disciplinary date over City claims of racist chanting at Yaya and Mario

UEFA have responded to Manchester City's claims that two of their players were racially abused during the Europa League match at Porto by opening disciplinary proceedings against the Portuguese club.

City lodged a written complaint with European football's governing body after their 2-1 victory at the Estadio Dragao last week.

Warming up: Mario Balotelli (centre) was preparing for the return leg on Tuesday

Warming up: Mario Balotelli (centre) was preparing for the return leg on Tuesday

There were suspected outbreaks of monkey chanting aimed at Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure during last Thursday's match. It appeared most noticeable when Balotelli was substituted 12 minutes from the end.

UEFA announced in a statement: 'Following a complaint lodged by Manchester City FC, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against FC Porto for the improper conduct of supporters (article 11 bis of the UEFA disciplinary degulations) during their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg match against Manchester City FC last week.

Training: Yaya Toure on Tuesday

Training: Yaya Toure on Tuesday

'The UEFA control and disciplinary body will deal with the case on 29 March.'

Porto coach Vitor Pereira and forward Hulk claimed there may have been a misunderstanding when asked about the matter.

The pair both believed the home fans may have been chanting, 'Hulk, Hulk, Hulk' at the club's star Brazilian player during the game.

Pereira, speaking at a press conference as the Porto squad visited the Etihad Stadium ahead of the second leg of the tie on Wednesday, said: 'What I have to say on that, is that normally in our league and our stadiums we don't have problems like that regarding racism.

'In my opinion it was probably a misunderstanding and the authorities will deal with it. I am sure it will be sorted out.'

When asked further, Pereira, speaking through a translator, said: 'I have no comment to make regarding the racism point. I have not heard any comments about that.

'We have Hulk here and he can comment. He is a very good forward.

Claim: Hulk (centre) believes the fans were chanting his name, not abuse

Claim: Hulk (centre) believes the fans were chanting his name, not abuse

'I am normally focused on the match and I have not heard any racist comments at all.'

Hulk, who was also present at the press conference, said: 'I did not notice any racist abuse, as the manager said.

'In our stadium I always hear this, “Hulk, Hulk, Hulk”, particularly as I am in charge of the corners. It is our supporters.'

The matter overshadowed a fine performance by City as they came from behind to secure a first-leg advantage.

City manager Roberto Mancini did not hear any of the alleged abuse during the game but a complaint was made after Balotelli reported it to a club official.

Mancini was asked about the issue when he gave his pre-match press conference this morning.

He said: 'I don't know what has happened. I was concentrating on the game and I didn't hear this.

'But everywhere there are some not clever people, this is life.'

When asked if Balotelli had been upset, he said: 'I think Mario for this is strong enough. This was the culture sometimes in Italy or France. Mario is strong.'

Alastair Cook provides a lesson for England"s batsmen – Nasser Hussain

Fast-learner Cook provides a lesson for England's batsmen

This was an impressive statement from Alastair Cook.

There are still those who question his place in the England one-day side, so to play the way he did to score the first hundred of this tour was exceptional.

Cook is not a natural one-day player but that is partly because he has been centrally contracted to England for the bulk of his career and has not played much one-day cricket for Essex.

Leading from the front: England captain Alastair Cook hit 137 in Abu Dhabi

Leading from the front: England captain Alastair Cook hit 137 in Abu Dhabi

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So Cook is having to learn at the highest level and is far from the finished article in one-day cricket but his learning curve is incredible. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen any player learn as quickly.

Andrew Flintoff was a very good cricketer but basically ended his career the same player as he started it. And I still played with an open-faced bat at the end of my career just as I did at the start of it.

Yet Cook picks things up very quickly and seems to rise to any challenge put in front of him. He doesn't fret over anything. The Test series went badly but he has put that behind him and started again.

Don't expect Cook to be a Virender Sehwag but he has the capabilities to bat 50-overs, even in sub-continental conditions, and this was a very important day in his ever burgeoning career.

Otherwise England still looked
vulnerable to spin. If Ravi Bopara had been given out lbw early on as he
should have been it would have been Cook versus the rest.

But as it was England showed that if they can make a competitive score here their bowlers will do the rest.

Timber! England's batsmen struggled against Pakistan's spinners once again

Timber! England's batsmen struggled against Pakistan's spinners once again

Gregory Bauge crown to go to Jason Kenny

Kenny set to be awarded world championship track cycling crown after Bauge doping ruling

Great Britain's Jason Kenny is poised to be promoted to world champion after cycling's world governing body announced France's Gregory Bauge is to be stripped of his title for an anti-doping infringement.

Bauge, who beat Bolton's Kenny to gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland last March, was last November issued with a one-year back-dated suspension from December 23, 2010 to December 22, 2011.

The ruling stated Bauge was punished for a 'violation of article 21.4 of the UCI Anti-doping Regulation' (two breaches of applicable requirements regarding rider availability and one missed test in 18 months).

Tarnished: Gregory Bauge (centre) claimed gold ahead of Jason Kenny (left) and Sir Chris Hoy at the track cycling world championships

Tarnished: Gregory Bauge (centre) claimed gold ahead of Jason Kenny (left) and Sir Chris Hoy at the track cycling world championships

A statement from the International Cycling Union (the UCI) read: 'The UCI today informed the FFC (Federation Francaise de Cyclisme) that all the results obtained by the rider and by any team of which he was a member during that period have been nullified by this decision.

'The UCI is therefore obliged to correct the results of the events in which Gregory Bauge participated during this period.

'As a consequence, the rider and the French team lose their individual sprint and team sprint titles won at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in March 2011.'

Kenny is therefore set to be promoted to the gold medal position, with Sir Chris Hoy poised to be awarded silver after his third-placed finish.

Germany trio Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Nimke are set to take the team sprint crown from France, with France's Michael D'Almeida and Kevin Sireau stripped of their title due to team-mate Bauge's offence.

Britain's Kenny, Hoy and Matt Crampton are set to be promoted from bronze to silver, with Australia poised to be awarded third place.

Kenny Dalglish tells Liverpool strikers to up their game in bid to crack top four

Dalglish tells Liverpool strikers to up their game in bid to crack top four

Kenny Dalglish has told his Liverpool players they must improve their strike rate to break back into the top four.

Liverpool”s modest total of 18 goals this season lags well behind Manchester City”s 49 and the rest of their rivals for a Champions League place, with Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy contributing just four Premier League goals between them.

More expected: Dalglish wants more goals from his strikers

More expected: Dalglish wants more goals from his strikers

It has led to speculation that Dalglish will look to sign another partner for Luis Suarez in the transfer window, but the Anfield boss is confident his side are not far off being the finished article.

Asked if an improvement in front of goal was the difference, he said: “It”s only slight but then again some of the smallest steps are the biggest ones to take.

“We would love to progress into the top four, and the best way to do that is to do what we do well.

“I think we have played well enough for people to make that judgement for themselves. We”ve been delighted with what we have done. We believe we are doing things the right way.

“We have deserved more but we are still progressing.”

Hearts players set to invoke FIFA rule and leave for free

Hearts crisis: Players set to invoke FIFA rule and leave for free over unpaid wages

Hearts players plan to strike back at Vladimir Romanov by walking out of Tynecastle for nothing in January.

Sportsmail understands a number of senior players are examining the possibility of invoking FIFA”s Article 14 – “Terminating a contract with just cause”.

Uncertain future: Hearts players could invoke a FIFA rule to leave for free

Uncertain future: Hearts players could invoke a FIFA rule to leave for free

The clause allows players to walk away from a club if their contract has been breached by non-payment of wages.

Infighting: Referee Stevie OReilly had to break up an argument between Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel during last Saturdays home defeat to St Johnstone

Infighting: Referee Stevie OReilly had to break up an argument between Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel during last Saturdays home defeat to St Johnstone

Hard sell: Romanov

Hard sell: Romanov”s plans to cash in on big-name players could be thwarted

Although wages due on October 16 were eventually paid 19 days late, that has given rise to the possibility the players can now take radical action.

The accepted time frame from test cases is 90 days from when a contract was first breached, meaning a mass walk-out could be on the cards in mid-January.

That would scupper Romanov”s plans to sell his prized assets in the transfer market.

The players would need to then justify their actions to FIFA before being allowed to sign elsewhere.

The squad have been given a token 1,000 towards their November pay packets and, as Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, the players have been told not to expect to see any more cash in 2011.