Barnsley has terminated the contract of assistant head coach Tommy Wright after he was caught on tape taking a payment from undercover journalists.
Wright, 50, is the latest person that has been exposed in the Telegraph’s expose of corruption in English football. Wright was caught on tape taking a £5,000 payment from undercover reporters posing as player agents. According to reports, Wright would bring players to the club in exchange for illicit payments. The Telegraph published the report on Wright on Wednesday, and he was immediately suspended by the club. Barnsley released a statement of his termination on Thursday.
“Barnsley FC today terminated the contract of Assistant Head Coach Tommy Wright with immediate effect,” the statement read.
“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.”
The Telegraph’s reports have already cost England manager Sam Allardyce his job, as he was found making controversial statements to undercover reports on how to get around FA transfer rules regarding third-party ownership of players.
Wright had been at Barnsley since February 2015. He represented several clubs during his playing career, including Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough.