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Wright is sacked by Barnsley


Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Barnsley have sacked assistant head coach Tommy Wright after launching an internal investigation into allegations of corruption.

Wright, 50, was suspended by the Sky Bet Championship club on Wednesday night after the Daily Telegraph claimed he had taken a £5,000 payment made by its undercover reporters, allegedly to help place players at Barnsley.

Video footage released by the Telegraph as part of its investigation into corruption in football appears to show Wright accepting cash during a series of meetings with a fake Far East firm, in which he agreed to help sign players part-owned by the firm. Wright has denied any wrongdoing.

"Barnsley FC today terminated the contract of assistant head coach Tommy Wright with immediate effect," read a statement on Barnsley's official website.

"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."

Wright's sacking follows revelations that led to the departure of England boss Sam Allardyce, and a separate report alleging that eight managers with Premier League experience and two from the Championship had taken so-called 'bungs' in transfer deals.

The Telegraph claimed Wright had held three separate meetings with a reporter posing as a representative of a fake Far East company.