Man United looks for new PR head after Ryan farce

Howgate Sable, the headhunting firm at the centre of the Manchester United director of communications debacle, this week refused to comment on its procedures for checking claims candidates make on their CVs.

Howgate Sable, the headhunting firm at the centre of the Manchester United director of communications debacle, this week refused to comment on its procedures for checking claims candidates make on their CVs.

Manchester-based HS partner Malcolm Hooper would not confirm his company had been involved in the placing, and refused to comment on whether it was standard procedure to check claims made on CVs before putting a candidate in for interview.

Man Utd has relaunched its hunt for a communications director, having withdrawn the offer made to NTL public policy chief Alison Ryan after claims she lied about her degree on an earlier job application and had been disbarred for professional misconduct during a spell as a lawyer several years ago.

Ryan represented NTL at last week's Labour Party conference but is thought to have flown to Cuba due to the media storm surrounding her sacking, and was unavailable for comment.

Leader, p8.



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