Barnsley have today sacked assistant manager Tommy Wright after allegations that he accepted a £5,000 payment from undercover reporters purporting to be football agents.
The Daily Telegraph broke the news last night that they had pretended to be football agents and unveiled a video alleging showing Wright accept a payment of £5,000 to recommend players to Barnsley.
As the news broke late last night Barnsley suspended Wright and after a meeting with owner Patrick Cryne and chief executive Linton Brown this morning he was fired.
A statement from the club read:
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 joined The Reds in February 2015 with Head Coach Lee Johnson and when Johnson left to join Bristol City 12 months later, Wright turned down the chance to join him and instead teamed up with Paul Heckingbottom to guide Barnsley to Johnstones Paint Trophy and Play-Off glory.