Football coach Tommy Wright suspended over transfer bung claims

Football coach Tommy Wright suspended over transfer bung claims

In the exchange, he is reported to have agreed to help persuade Barnsley FC to sign up new players part-owned by the fictitious Far East firm.

The article makes it clear that there is no suggestion Barnsley were aware of Wright's actions.

Barnsley acted swiftly to suspend Wright pending an internal investigation, after he was filmed telling reporters posing as members of a prospective Far East investment firm: "I can just recommend players to you.that I've gone and seen, and then you'll have to do your spicy dealing, whatever you do".

The latest revelations come a day after former England boss Sam Allardyce left his post after being accused of informing undercover journalists on how to circumnavigate FA third-party player ownership rules and negotiating a £400,000 per year deal to represent the same company.

The Telegraph claims there are eight past and present football managers involved in corrupt payments for transfers.

In a separate development, the Telegraph alleged QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink requested a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake Far Eastern firm seeking to sell players to the club.

The claims come amid other allegations concerning two other championship managers made by the same newspaper.

Hasselbaink says: "You said the word business".

A statement from QPR on Wednesday said there would be an internal investigation but that they had every confidence in Hasselbaink.

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QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino have also been targeted by the Telegraph.

"First and foremost, the club takes very seriously any alleged breach of the rules". With this in mind, the club can confirm there will be a thorough internal investigation regarding this matter.

In addition, Hasselbaink issued a statement in which he denied any impropriety and said he saw nothing "unusual" in the prospective deal.

"I was approached by Mr McGarvey and Ms Newell of The Telegraph purporting to be players' agents". They offered me a fee to make a speech in Singapore.

The statement went on: "I did not make any promises in return". I did not ask QPR to purchase any of the players.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Mr Wright is quoted as saying: "Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the FA and Federation Internationale de Football Association are categorically denied".

Another implicated party in the newspaper sting is Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, who was said to have been filmed offering to sell part of his club to the newspaper's undercover reporters get around third party rules.

Wright says "you know where I live" when the subject of giving him money is raised.