Ex-King’s Lynn player Tomm Wright is sacked by Barnsley over Daily Telegraph’s bung claims

A Welling United player tries to stop Tommy Wright in his tracks during a match at The Walks. Pictur

A Welling United player tries to stop Tommy Wright in his tracks during a match at The Walks. Picture: SU HOLLIDAY - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

Former King's Lynn winger Tommy Wright has become the second man to lose his job over alleged corruption in football.

Less than 24 hours after being suspended by his own club, Barnsley sacked the 50-year-old – their assistant to ex-Norwich City player Paul Heckingbottom – following an internal investigation into the Daily Telegraph's claims he had taken a £5,000 payment by its undercover reporters, allegedly to help place players with the Tykes.

Wright's sacking follows the newspaper's revelations that led to the departure of England boss Sam Allardyce earlier this week, and a separate report alleging that eight managers with Premier League experience and two from the Championship had taken so-called 'bungs' in transfer deals.

'A meeting between the club and Mr Wright was held, attended by club chief executive Linton Brown,' said yesterday's statement on Barnsley's website.

'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.'

Video footage released appears to show Wright – who joined Lynn as a player in 2000 and also took his first steps into coaching during a short stint at The Walks – accepting cash during a series of meetings, in which he agreed to help sign players part-owned by a fake Far East firm. Wright has denied any wrongdoing.

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