Portsmouth sack Pulis as Claridge becomes player-manager

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Tony Pulis is being sacked as manager by Portsmouth, with the veteran Steve Claridgetaking over as player-manager, writes Alan Nixon.

Tony Pulis is being sacked as manager by Portsmouth, with the veteran Steve Claridgetaking over as player-manager, writes Alan Nixon.

Pulis was told of his dismissal by the club's chairman, Milan Milandaric, last night following talks between the two 24 hours earlier. Claridge will pick the Pompey side on Saturday and is also recalling Guy Whittingham from a loan spell at Oxford to be his No 2.

Pulis has only been in charge for a few months at Portsmouth, but he has failed to put the club on the promotion course that their owner wants.

Andy Linighan's contract with Crystal Palace was cancelled yesterday after his row with the owner, Simon Jordan, on a club "bonding" break. The veteran centre-half accepted the decision and will be partly paid off after an incident in which he clashed with the new Palace owner.

Struggling Third Division Hull City won a 28-day reprieve yesterday after a court hearing into a petition to wind up the club. Hull fended off moves taken against it by the Inland Revenue last May, but faced another attempt by British Customs and Excise that could yet lead to the closure of the club and the sale of its assets. Hull were yesterday allowed more time to clear their debts, but the case was scheduled to return to court on 8 November. The club was first taken to court in January over an alleged tax debt of £25,000.

Manchester City are loaning the Australian striker Danny Allsopp to Bristol Rovers.Allsopp has made a comeback from a knee operation, but has since been confined to City'sreserve side.

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