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Barnsley move quickly and sack assistant coach after latest Daily Telegraph exposé

Tommy Wright allegedly accepted a £5,000 ‘bung’.

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BARNSLEY HAVE TAKEN immediate action and sacked assistant manager Tommy Wright after he was the latest name to be embroiled in the Daily Telegraph investigation into widespread football corruption.

Wright was caught on video allegedly accepting a £5,000 ‘bung’ – after seemingly agreeing to assist a fictitious Far East firm in persuading the club sign certain players.

The Championship outfit had initially suspended the 50-year-old last night pending investigation.

A short statement on the Barnsley website said that Wright’s contract had been terminated this morning ‘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.”

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