Football: Yeboah ready to leave after rift with Graham

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Tony Yeboah, the Leeds striker, yesterday spoke of his misery at being left out in the cold by the club he once enthralled with a string of stunning goals. The Ghanaian international is almost certainly on his way out of Elland Road because of what appears to be an unsolvable rift between himself and the club's manager, George Graham.

"I think he doesn't like me and when somebody doesn't like you, then you can do nothing," said Yeboah. "I don't have any problem with the officials, I don't have any problem with the players, I don't have a problem with the fans the only problem that I have is with the manager.

"I do not want to finish my career at the moment because I want to prove to the world that I'm not finished I'm still a very good player. When the club want to talk to me, I will talk, but if they do not, then I am going."

Yeboah cuts a sad figure on the edge of a club where he once held centre stage. "At the moment I feel very bad. My family has left and I am alone, and I do not know what I am doing, so at the moment I feel very, very sad. I'm not playing games and it looks like I'm a bad boy, but I'm not that type of person," he said.

Yeboah was in the shop window last night when Leeds reserves visited Tranmere.

Stephen McPhail, the midfielder sent off in the first leg of Leeds' FA Youth Cup final against Crystal Palace last week, will be available for the second leg at Selhurst Park on 15 May, because the first-team fixture against Middlesbrough on 11 May counts for his suspension.

Paul Hart, the club's director of youth coaching, said: "I am delighted for Steve, because he has played an important part in our successes this season in the FA Youth Cup and the Northern Intermediate League."

Oldham are freeing their striker Nicky Banger just two seasons after buying him for pounds 300,000. Banger is the biggest name among the six players being released by the relegated First Division side. The veteran goalkeeper Jon Hallworth is also going, along with John Gannon. John Morrow. Ian Ormondroyd and Ian Snodin have been offered reduced terms.

Paul Power is ready to make a sentimental return to Manchester City on the coaching staff. The former City skipper has been lined up to join the youth development side at Maine Road in a back room shake-up. City's manager, Frank Clark, is changing his staff with Kevin Bond being sacked as reserve team manager despite his side winning promotion this season.

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