LONDON: The football corruption scandal prompted by undercover reporters posing as agents has claimed a second victim with Barnsley sacking assistant head coach Tommy Wright over reports that he accepted a £5,000 payment from them.
The first victim was England manager Sam Allardyce who was out of a job over suggesting how transfer regulations could be circumvented, discussing a lucrative speaking deal and making disparaging remarks about other figures in the game.
Wright, a 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.”