Football: Bradford bad blood leads to Kamara's exit

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Chris Kamara was sacked as Bradford City's manager yesterday after a feud with the club chairman, Geoffrey Richmond.

Kamara paid for a poor run of results that ended in Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Manchester City. However, he has been at odds with Richmond for months over funds for new players, and also over the chairman criticising him in the club programme.

Richmond will now turn to Joe Royle, the former Everton manager who has also been linked with the Northern Ireland vacancy, and ask him if he wants the job. The former Bradford player Stuart McCall, now at Rangers, is also in the frame.

Coventry City have opened contract talks with Dion Dublin in a quest to keep the striker at the club. Dublin has 18 months of his current contract to run, but has been linked with Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Leicester City in recent weeks. "I have talked with Dion's agent about extending his contract with us and we shall do our best to keep him," Coventry's chairman, Bryan Richardson, said.

Pawel Wojtala, a Polish international centre-back, is the latest transfer target of the Sheffield Wednesday manager, Ron Atkinson. The Hamburg defender flew in for talks about a pounds 2m move to Hillsborough and is expected to sign soon.

Ally McCoist's hopes of a move to help his World Cup prospects could be delayed after Sebastian Rozental, his Rangers team-mate, broke down in training yesterday. McCoist, a peripheral figure this season, was told he could leave Ibrox on a loan deal in the new year in order to remain part of Scotland's plans for the finals in France this summer.