Queen’s Park Rangers have confirmed that they are continuing with an internal investigation after allegations brought against their manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The Daily Telegraph claims that former Chelsea striker Hassselbaink negotiated a fee of £55,000 to act as an ambassador for a sports company that proposed selling players to his club.
English football is currently in a state of turmoil after Sam Allardyce was ousted as England manager after negotiating a £400,000 per year deal to represent the same company, which in reality was a fictitious firm whose representatives were undercover reporters.
44-year-old Hasselbaink, held two meetings with an undercover reporter at which he discussed meeting investors in the company and potentially signing players they represented.
It is alleged that Hasselbaink agreed to fly to Singapore to speak to investors in a Far Eastern firm that was seeking to be involved in the transfer of players. He is quoted as telling the undercover reporter: ‘“Look, just try to make me happy… come up with a nice figure.”
He was open to the idea of signing players they represented, despite the apparent conflict of interest with his job at QPR.
He discussed subjects like repeated trips to the Far East, with fees of between £35,000-£55,000 being offered to him per trip. He also mentioned branching out into other areas, as the firm, which is ficticious, had ‘interests in construction and property.’
The Dutchman met with QPR CEO Lee Hoos and Director of Football Les Ferdinand this morning, which was followed by a meeting at the Championship club’s Harlington training ground. This was attended by players and staff.
The statement by QPR read:
‘The club can confirm that an internal investigation is ongoing following allegations made against QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a national newspaper on Wednesday 28th September.
‘As part of the ongoing investigation, the club will need to view an unedited version of the video footage and full transcript of the discussions that took place.
‘In the meantime, Hasselbaink and his staff are continuing to prepare the team for our Championship fixture against Fulham this weekend.’
QPR are not the only Championship club affected by the Telegraph invesigation, as Barnsley have sacked assistant head coach Tommy Wright for accepting a £5,000 ‘bung’ to help a group of fake Far East investors place players at his club. He was caught taking a bundle of £20 notes handed to him in an envelope.
And Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is under increasing pressure to resign from protest group Timt To Go Massimo, who claim he is ‘unfit to run our club, and to sever all ties immediately.’
Cellino is alleged to have suggested to members of a fictitious Far East firm that they become shareholders in the club in order to receive portions of players’ transfer fees.Cellino says: “I tell you, I spend eight million this year…on new players. You want to finance that? You want to come 20 per cent in that? You got 20 per cent of the player – it’s the only way.
“As a shareholder you can finance the club, asking everything you want – percentage – you are allowed to do it in England.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75