Tue, 08 May 15:38:00 2012
Hull City have sacked manager Nick Barmby after less than six months in charge.
The news follows a disciplinary hearing into comments made by Barmby suggesting the club lacked ambition in the transfer market.
In a long statement, Hull's vice chairman Ehab Allam said: "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."
Allam added: "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."
Last week it was reported that the club had suspended him over comments he made about the club's financial situation.
Barmby won 13 of his 33 matches at the KC Stadium, as the Tigers finished eighth in the Championship, seven points off the play-off places.
Hull sacked director of football and former chairman Adam Pearson last week, with the owners terminating his consultancy role "without notice and without compensation". Pearson was described by Barmby, in his controversial comments, as "the heart and soul of the club".
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