Football: Hearts dismiss Clark

SANDY CLARK, the Hearts manager who took over from Joe Jordan last November, was yesterday dismissed by the Scottish Premier League club.

Chris Robinson, the new chairman who owns a catering company, acted within 72 hours of taking charge of the Edinburgh club, clearly wanting to get the ingredients right after a disappointing season in which the club finished in the bottom half of the table. Hugh McCann, the assistant manager, also loses his position.

In London Billy Bonds, the West Ham manager, was celebrating a pounds 1m transfer coup after convincing John Moncur, the Swindon defender, to move to Upton Park and not Chelsea. Glenn Hoddle, the Chelsea manager, had been confident of signing him after weekend talks. Moncur cost Swindon pounds 80,000 when he signed from Tottenham in 1992.

Fergus McCann, the Celtic chief executive, yesterday denied claims that the Glasgow club have made Kenny Dalglish, the Blackburn manager, an offer to become manager, following the departure of Lou Macari last week.

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