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Hull City risk legal action over sacking of Barmby

10 May 2012

Hull City FC face the prospect of legal action being taken against them by manager Nick Barmby, who was dismissed by the club yesterday.

It was widely reported in the media that the former England international had been suspended for questioning the lack of money made available to him.

Hull’s owners, in confirming Barmby’s dismissal, claimed Barmby had misled fans with his comments. The club has made the reasons for his dismissal public and stated that they are searching for a new manager, despite Barmby being given seven days to appeal against the dismissal.

Employers could potentially leave themselves at greater risk of a successful claim for breach of employment law if they publicise reasons for dismissal and take action to replace the dismissed employee before his appeal has been heard.

It will be interesting to see whether Barmby is prepared to take action against his home town club.

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