HULL CITY: Pearson’s dual role of concern to City owners
CONCERNS over Adam Pearson’s dual role in which he worked for Hull City whilst owning Hull FC were a factor in the termination of his Tigers contract, the Mail has learned.
The head of football operations was surprisingly dismissed from his duties ‘with immediate effect and without compensation’ last Monday.
City owners Assem and Ehab Allam subsequently told the Mail their decision followed ‘some issues’, stressing he had only worked for the club as a consultant.
They believe the move will allow them greater control of the Tigers’ football department and improve day-to-day communication with their manager.
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However, Pearson immediately claimed the move had been ‘totally unjustified’, adding he had passed the matter to his lawyers.
Neither party has been willing to reveal the issues at hand, but the Mail understands concerns over Pearson’s continuing dual role, and the club’s dealings in the January transfer window, were amongst the ‘issues’ of concern.
Pearson was back at the KC Stadium on Saturday evening to watch his Hull FC side beat Leeds Rhinos 34-20.
It is understood suspended City manager Nick Barmby, an avid Black and Whites’ supporter, missed the game having being asked to stay away due to the current uncertainty over his future.
That is finally expected to be resolved this week, following an initial disciplinary hearing with the Allams last Thursday.
Given the events of the past seven days, it looks highly unlikely Barmby will remain, with Mick McCarthy and Billy Davies continuing to be touted as possible replacements. Former City boss Phil Brown also said he would ‘jump at the chance’ to return to City yesterday, telling Radio Five he has ‘unfinished business’ at the club.
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