Barmby loses Hull appeal

24 May 2012 04:47

Nick Barmby has lost an appeal against his sacking as Hull manager after club chairman Assem Allam backed the decision of vice-chairman Ehab Allam, his son, to dispense with his services.

Barmby was initially suspended on April 30 regarding comments about the Championship club's finances and a lack of funds to strengthen during the January transfer window.

It was announced on May 8 that Barmby had been sacked after six months in charge of his hometown club, a decision the 38-year-old subsequently appealed.

But Assem Allam, who met with Barmby, saw no reason to reinstate him, telling the Hull Daily Mail website on Thursday: "Having heard Nick Barmby's internal appeal and following a full review of the facts during a detailed and thorough meeting with him, I have decided to uphold the vice chairman's decision to dismiss Nick for the reasons previously stated.

"I would like to assure the club's supporters that this decision has not been taken lightly and all other options were explored before I decided to uphold the dismissal.

"However, as explained in the press statement given by the vice-chairman, Nick's behaviour has led to the breakdown of trust and confidence with the board and I therefore felt I had no other option particularly given his senior position at the club.

"Nick was a fantastic player for the club and a local hero to the club's supporters.

"It is an extremely unfortunate end to a great period with the club although the club would like the supporters to remember Nick for his playing career and the part he played in the club's promotions."

Former England forward Barmby first joined Hull as a player in 2004 and combined that with a coaching role at the KC Stadium in 2010 under then boss Nigel Pearson.