Barnsley have sacked assistant head coach Tommy Wright after The Daily Telegraph reported he took a £5,000 payment from undercover reporters posing as football agents.
The 50-year-old Scot, who has denied any wrongdoing, was suspended immediately after the allegation came to light on Wednesday but the South Yorkshire club has now terminated his contract with immediate effect.
A statement published on the club’s website said: “A meeting between the club and Mr Wright was held this morning attended by club chief executive Linton Brown.
“After considering Mr Wright’s response to allegations in today’s Daily Telegraph about breaching FA rules over player transfers, Mr Wright was dismissed.
“The club was unaware of such matters nor was it involved in any wrongdoing. The club will continue to fully investigate the issues at hand and will co-operate with the regulatory authorities as necessary.”
Wright is now the second man named by the Telegraph in its undercover investigation into corruption in football to lose his job this week, following England’s now ex-manager Sam Allardyce.
The former Leeds, Leicester and Oldham winger was filmed by the newspaper apparently telling reporters posing as representatives of a bogus Asian investment firm that he could place players at
the Championship club in return for illicit payments.
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— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) September 28, 2016
“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,” he is filmed saying.
According to the newspaper, when Wright was offered at a subsequent meeting an envelope which it claims contained banknotes, he said “cheers, just put it there”, indicating an adjacent seat.
Barnsley’s swift response to the Telegraph’s report came within an hour of the League Managers Association saying it was frustrated with the newspaper for failing to hand over all of its evidence to the football authorities.
The newspaper has published several allegations over the last three days, including claims that 10 unnamed managers have taken illicit payments in transfer deals.
In a written statement, the LMA said it remained “extremely concerned” about the reported corruption but said the investigation desired by all of football’s main stakeholders was “very disappointingly” being held up by the Telegraph.
“Following further revelations by the Telegraph and a follow-up LMA meeting with the FA this morning, the LMA remains extremely concerned about allegations made against a number of managers and individuals in the game,” the statement read.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) September 29, 2016
“Alongside the FA, and the other principal stakeholders in the game, we want to fully investigate any and all substantive allegations of corruption, quickly and comprehensively.
“Very disappointingly, this process is being delayed as the Telegraph is yet to provide to the FA, as requested, full and complete unconditional disclosure of all the information it has.
“We urge the Telegraph to provide full disclosure of all its information relating to the allegations, including all recordings, transcripts and full details of how the information was obtained, to the FA, immediately.
“This information should not be provided selectively, but unedited and unconditionally, in order that a fully comprehensive investigation can be expedited.”