Sec­ond coach in Eng­land loses job af­ter news­pa­per sting

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A Bri­tish news­pa­per in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to a sec­ond soc­cer coach get­ting fired in Eng­land yes­ter­day. Two days af­ter Sam Al­lardyce lost his job as Eng­land man­ager fol­low­ing an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion by the Daily Tele­graph, sec­ond-tier club Barns­ley fired as­sis­tant coach Tommy Wright.

Wright was filmed ap­par­ently ac­cept­ing an en­ve­lope which the Tele­graph said con­tained 5,000 pounds ($6,500) from a fake Asian firm to help place play­ers at the northern club. Video footage was re­leased by the news­pa­per late Wed­nes­day and Wright was im­me­di­ately sus­pended by Barns­ley.

“Af­ter con­sid­er­ing Mr. Wright’s re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions in to­day’s Daily Tele­graph about breach­ing (Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) rules over player trans­fers, Mr. Wright was dis­missed,” the club said af­ter a meet­ing with the coach on Thurs­day.

Barns­ley said it was “un­aware of such mat­ters or in­volved in any wrong­do­ing.”

The English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion de­cided to ter­mi­nate Al­lardyce’s con­tract on Tues­day af­ter video showed him ap­pear­ing to of­fer ad­vice to fic­ti­tious busi­ness­men on how to side­step an out­lawed player trans­fer prac­tice and also ne­go­ti­at­ing a 400,000 pound ($519,000) public­s­peak­ing con­tract to top up an an­nual Eng­land salary of 3 mil­lion pounds ($4 mil­lion).

English soc­cer is reel­ing af­ter three days of ac­cu­sa­tions by the news­pa­per fol­low­ing its month­s­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged wrong­do­ing in the game.

Sec­ond-tier Queens Park Rangers is in­ves­ti­gat­ing footage that ap­peared to show its coach, Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink, seek­ing a fee of 55,000 pounds ($71,600) to work for a fake Far East­ern firm that had sug­gested sell­ing play­ers to the sec­ond-tier Lon­don club.

Has­sel­baink de­nied any wrong­do­ing, say­ing he was only of­fered a fee to make a speech in Sin­ga­pore and did not ask QPR to sign play­ers said to have been rep­re­sented by the fake firm. QPR said it had “ev­ery con­fi­dence” in Has­sel­baink, and its chief ex­ec­u­tive and direc­tor of foot­ball spoke to Has­sel­baink yes­ter­day to get his ver­sion of events.

QPR said it wanted to view an unedited ver­sion of the video footage and a full tran­script.

Has­sel­baink, a for­mer Chelsea and Leeds striker, will pre­pare the QPR team for the league match against Ful­ham on Satur­day.

The Daily Tele­graph also filmed an agent ac­cus­ing 10 man­agers, which it did not name, of tak­ing bribes linked to player trans­fers.

Two days af­ter Sam Al­lardyce lost his job as Eng­land man­ager fol­low­ing an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion by the Daily Tele­graph, sec­ond-tier club Barns­ley fired its as­sis­tant coach Tommy Wright Photo: AP

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