Eight unnamed managers with Premier League experience are alleged to have taken bribes for the transfer of players during secretly filmed interviews with several agents.
The Daily Telegraph, responsible for the undercover investigation which cost England boss Sam Allardyce his job last night, secretly filmed a number of agents over the past 10 months.
One of those agents allegedly named managers who he claimed had received payments for the transfer of players – although he later denied paying bribes to any of them.
Pino Pagliari, an unlicensed Italian agent, has been named as one of the agents they secretly filmed and report that he claimed a former top-flight boss had “more backhanders than Wimbledon”.
The allegations come a day after footage of former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland boss Allardyce offering advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers during a secretly filmed meeting was published.
It has also been reported that Cardiff launched an investigation after auditors discovered evidence of unexplained payments relating to the 2014 loan move of Ravel Morrison from West Ham, then managed by Allardyce.
A spokesman for Cardiff is reported as saying: “We investigated the matter thoroughly” while the FA and Allardyce have yet to respond to the allegations, as has Morrison – who now plays in Italy with Lazio.
Mr Pagliara said last night: “I never paid any payment to Sam Allardyce.”
The Daily Telegraph has said it will pass transcripts to the FA and will also hand over information to the police.
The newspaper also revealed it had contacted all of the managers named by the agents and that five of them had responded with denials of taking bungs while three had not responded.
The newspaper has said that later this week it will disclose the name of an assistant manager at a leading club who was filmed accepting a £5,000 cash payment from undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far Eastern firm that was seeking to invest in players.
The agents discussed how each Prem boss was involved in the scandal – but they have not been named outright.
Ex-Premier League manager allegedly liked “bungs” in cash or deposited in a Swiss bank account. Pagliara said: “I can call [X] now and all it is with [X] is ‘How much, Pino? And will it be the same Swiss bank account?’”
Ex-top flight manager has had “more backhanders than Wimbledon”. Pagliara said: “This is what I hate… the guy that used to need the money but he’s had so much now that all of a sudden he’s whiter than white.”
After managing several British clubs, he was allegedly fired by one for having “his fingers in the till”. Pagliara said he would get involved if “you understand that when we do deals I have to have a carrier bag with some cash”.
Pagliara said of this boss with Premier League experience: “We know him very, very well. We do a transfer, [X] has winked at us and said ‘Yeah, I want the player. Is there a little coffee for me, Pino?’ Yeah, course there is.”
Ex-Premier League manager who, said Pagliara, would call him and say “here’s the number”, and give him details of a Swiss account. He said: “It was always numbered accounts.”
A former player who now manages, he allegedly likes extra money to secure deals because he is not on a big salary at his club. Pagliara said: “[X] takes a few [inaudible] because he’s not being paid big money.”
Ex-Premier League manager is another “we can put on the payroll”. If a player was transferred for £10m, “we’ll turn round to [X] and say, listen, if you take this player we’ll look after you. OK? OK, boom.”
Agent Dax Price said this long-serving manager would pick three trusted players and tell them he was paying them an extra £8,000 per month, on condition that they paid him £4,000 per month each.