Hull City: Nick Barmby on brink of exit as he meets Allams
NICK Barmby's long association with his hometown club Hull City is expected to end today following a meeting with the club's owners.
The 38-year-old Tigers boss will meet vice-chairman Ehab Allam for a second disciplinary hearing following his suspension last Monday.
Neither party has been willing to comment specifically on Barmby's ongoing situation due to legal reasons.
However, the Mail understands today's meeting is likely to bring a separation of ways following a very public fallout, conducted through the media, in recent weeks.
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Barmby walked a tightrope with his bosses throughout last month as he repeatedly used Tigers press conferences to make calls for owners Assem and Ehab Allam to match his own ambition by showing their financial muscle this summer.
The Allams subsequently made it clear, in an exclusive interview with the Mail, they had been far from happy with any suggestion they may not be willing to back their manager in the transfer market.
It led to the Egyptian owners finally breaking their silence on the matter, revealing they had previously made up to £40,000 a week available in wages for a 'Premier League quality' striker in January, and would have also sanctioned the £1.8m signing of Billy Sharp from Doncaster Rovers.
The fallout also saw head of football operations Adam Pearson, a close ally of Barmby's since he took control last November, abruptly shown the door.
The Allams said they wanted greater control of the football side of the business, and more direct contact with their manager day to day, something they believe they will achieve without Pearson being employed in a 'middle man' role.
The public spat between the City manager and his bosses will no doubt make for a tense meeting today, in which Barmby will again be supported by the League Managers' Association.
An initial hearing between Barmby and Ehab Allam last Thursday only resulted in Barmby's suspension being extended over the weekend.
It led to some suggestions the Allams may be willing to reconsider their position, and could be willing to let Barmby continue in the job, should he apologise for his comments.
However, with Barmby himself still unhappy at the manner in which he was suspended, and upset by the dismissal of Pearson, the Mail understands the two parties remain some way off putting last week's difficulties aside to find a way of working together going forward.
Should that gulf prove too difficult to mend, as expected, it will bring to an end an eight-year spell at the Tigers for the passionate homegrown hero, who signed as a player under Peter Taylor back in 2004.
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