QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino and Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright are the three latest names to become central to allegations of corruption in English football.
England manager Sam Allardyce left his position earlier this week after being caught in sting by Daily Telegraph journalists, as he was exposed for negotiating a £400k deal and giving advice on getting around transfer rules. And the Telegraph haven't stopped there.
QPR manager Hasselbaink is one of the next high profile names set for disgrace, as he was filmed negotiating a £55,000 fee to work for an agency which wanted to sell players to QPR.
The Dutchman flew to Singapore to hold one of two meetings with undercover reporters, who he believed were representatives for a Far Eastern firm looking to create deals for players to join his club. Essentially, Hasselbaink would have been spending the club's money on players from a company that was paying him, had it not been a covert sting operation.
Hasselbaink devastated. Close to tears. Believes he is totally innocent. Thinks everything he has worked for in the game has been destroyed— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) September 29, 2016
He was offered £35,000 initially, but looked to negotiate the deal and was recorded saying: “I think you have to do better than that. Look, just try to make me happy. Cos you come up with a nice figure, you know. The 35 is...you know?”
Leeds owner Cellino is no stranger to controversy, and has now been caught suggesting that the company become a shareholder in his club. In return, he proposed that the company would receive a cut of player sell-on fees, after finding a reported loophole in FA rules.
Wright, meanwhile, who is assistant manager of Barnsley, has been suspended by the club in the wake of allegations that he received a £5,000 bung to encourage his club to sign players who were owned by the firm. Wright had also reported agreed in an early meeting to encourage Barnsley players to hire the same firm as agent representation.
Barnsley acted quickly after the allegations emerged, posting an official statement on Wednesday night confirming his suspension: "Barnsley FC is aware of allegations made by the Telegraph against Tommy Wright. The club has today suspended Tommy pending an internal investigation into these allegations."
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