​Barnsley have sacked assistant manager Tommy Wright after he was implicated in the corruption scandal currently engulfing English football.

​The Tykes released an official statement via their website after Wright had initially been suspended by the club on Thursday morning.

The statement said: "Barnsley FC today terminated the contract of Assistant Head Coach Tommy Wright with immediate effect.

"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 or 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 was one of three individuals named by the Daily Telegraph after the paper shed further light on those caught up in their undercover investigation into alleged corruption within the game.

The newspaper claimed that Wright had accepted a £5,000 payment - made to him in a bundles of £20 notes - as a 'bung' for helping the Telegraph's undercover reporters, who posed as fake Far East investors, to profit from transfer dealings.

Wright, who plied his trade with the likes of Oldham, Middlesbrough and Livingston before become a first-team football coach, now sees his reputation lying in tatters following his departure from Oakwell.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, as well as QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, were also compromised in the Telegraph's report late on Wednesday.

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​Former England manager Sam Allardyce was the first casualty of the Telegraph's revelations - the ex-Bolton and Sunderland boss being relieved of his duties after damning evidence came to light concerning the 63-year-old, including how to bypas illegal third party rules.

The paper has also alleged that up to ​eight current or former Premier League managers were the recipients of bribes to help push through transfer dealings.


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