Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Hearn promises to act as snooker's hard man

Barry Hearn is ready to be a ruthless leader and bring in sweeping changes when he takes over as the most powerful man in snooker.

Hearn will be named chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, after Sir Rodney Walker was ousted from the role.

And he will demand carte blanche in his plans for reform.

“That's the only deal,” Hearn said. “They know how I am.

“We'll have a board of directors and we'll have board meetings — and we'll do what I want.

“If it doesn't work, I expect to be kicked out. We've got to create instantly. By the time the World Championship comes up (in April), I'll have a published masterplan. It will be brutally honest and transparent and will create opportunities for people to play in the competitive game.”