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Bobby Gould
"All parties are happy and amicable with the decision that's been made."
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Cardiff owner Sam Hammam
"This is not like a parting of ways, it's just like mission accomplished."
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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Gould leaves Cardiff
Bobby Gould
Gould leaves Cardiff after just a year with the club
Cardiff City manager Bobby Gould is leaving the club.

His present contract expires this week and the club has decided against offering him a new deal.

The decision was reached amicably between himself and Cardiff owner Sam Hammam, Gould said.

"It's in the best interest of the football club that there's a parting of the ways," Gould added.

"But I'd like to think that we've worked very diligently over the 12 months that I've been there."

The former Wales manager joined Cardiff less than a year ago, and was originally in charge of the first team.

Its now time for me to move on and for Alan Cork and Sam Hammam to take the club forward
Bobby Gould
He stepped aside in October to allow Alan Cork to take over first team affairs, but remained part of the management set-up.

Cardiff nor Gould himself have ruled out the possibility of him returning to the club sometime in the future.

The timing of Gould's departure will be a surprise to many, coming a few weeks before Cardiff begin the new season in the Second Division after winning promotion from Division Three.

But Gould, who took Wimbledon to FA Cup glory in 1988, feels he no longer has anything to prove in the game and wants to pursue other avenues.

"I've played and I've coached in football and had a wonderful career," said the 55-year-old.

"I've been national team manager of Wales and now I've helped put an infrastructure together at Cardiff.

"But its now time for me to move on and for Alan Cork and Sam Hammam to take the club forward.

"Cardiff City have got a very, very sound foundation to build on."

Bobby Zamora
Unwanted: Cardiff's interest in Zamora has cooled
Meanwhile, Sam Hammam has played down speculation linking the club with a 2m bid for Brighton's prolific striker Bobby Zamora.

"We made bids for him last year, but I'm not sure about it now," said Hammam.

"I'm not sure whether he is needed at all or whether if we need someone in that position.

"He is a very good quality player but we have access to at least one or possibly two who can be better for the club at this time.

"You never know how things happen, but at the moment I don't think it's very likely."

Hammam claimed that Liverpool midfielder Layton Maxwell will sign for the club tomorrow.

The Wales under-21 international spent most of last season on loan at Stockport County.

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