Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is denying that he negotiated a £55,000 fee with undercover reporters looking to sell players to QPR.
With Sam Allardyce and Tommy Wright already having to leave their jobs after the Telegraph’s expose of corruption in British football, Hasselbaink is one of the latest names mentioned by the newspaper. The Dutchman is denying making any deal with the undercover reporters posing as businessmen from a fake Asian business, but did say he had been naive.
“No, never. I have never been offered any money and I would never entertain that,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.
Asked if he had regrets, Hasselbaink said: “Big time. Big time. You know you reflect, you think back and you criticize yourself and you must say, that I have been naive. I have been naive.
“But then with everything with it, I have never asked for money for myself to take a player or to bring a player to the club. I would never do that.
“That is the painful thing about it. The painful thing about it is that I take my job very serious. Very, very, very serious and I want to succeed in this business.
“I can’t speak for others, I can only speak for me and this, taking money, is not what I stand for. It is not what I stand for, I have never done it and I would never do it just to get a player to the club so I can benefit from that. No.”