Brady leaves Brighton

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GUY HODGSON

Six successive league defeats and mounting financial problems told on Liam Brady yesterday when he resigned as manager of Second Division Brighton 23 months after taking charge at the Goldstone Ground.

The former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland midfield player announced his departure to shocked players at training yesterday morning, leaving a club pounds 6m in debt and who have sold their ground for development.

Brady's assistant, Gerry Ryan, and coach, Jimmy Case, will take charge of the team tonight for the FA Cup first-round replay with Canvey Island. Case is the favourite to take over, having been forced to retire as a player last week.

Wolves' hopes of persuading Steve Bruce to become the player-manager at Molineux ended yesterday when Manchester United refused permission for them to speak to their 35-year-old captain. "Even if his contract was up this summer," Bruce's manager, Alex Ferguson, said, "we still wouldn't consider releasing him."

Andy Pearce, a cult figure among Sheffield Wednesday supporters, has made a pounds 600,000 move to Wimbledon. He will make his debut against Manchester City tomorrow night.

City's former manager Brian Horton lost a pounds 300,000 claim for damages when a Manchester court decided he was entitled only to the difference between his current wage with Huddersfield and his salary for the two years that remained on his contract when he was dismissed in the summer. That figure, around pounds 100,000, has been paid by City.

Blackburn's manager, Ray Harford, has dismissed talk of a pounds 5m swap deal involving Chris Sutton and the Aston Villa defender Steve Staunton. "Chris still has a big part to play for this club," he said.

Barry Fry, the Birmingham manager, has ordered his coaches to stop him running down the touchline when a goal is scored. "That's their priority and if they don't do it then I will fine them heavily," said Fry, whose team are facing repercussions from the brawl during last week's Anglo- Italian Cup victory over Ancona.

The Italian team's trainer Massimo Cacciatori underwent surgery on a broken jaw yesterday and alleges he was set upon by Birmingham players and officials after the game.

Reading have transfer-listed their Welsh international winger Michael Meaker, Newcastle have appointed Steve Wicks as chief scout and Russell Osman's long-running dispute with Bristol City has ended with an out-of- court settlement over his claim for wrongful dismissal.

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