September 28 – English football’s League Managers Association (LMA) has been quick to react to sensational newspaper claims that a raft of its members have been guilty of taking bungs.
Twenty four hours after the Daily Telegraph’s allegations of misconduct by Sam Allardyce led to him being sacked as England manager, the paper alleged that eight current or former Premier League managers were guilty of taking illicit payments over transfer deals, based on filmed footage of agents boasting about how many managers they had paid off.
“The LMA is extremely concerned by the current situation of allegations made against a number of managers. We take the allegations very seriously as they are obviously damaging to the game,” the LMA said in a statement.
“We are in regular communication with The FA to establish the facts relating to those allegations.
“We know The FA has requested full disclosure, from the Telegraph, of all the relevant information it has and we are working with The FA in dealing with the allegations, following the correct processes and procedures.”
The body, which normally makes the news when defending members seeking compensation after being sacked, sometimes unfairly, made a point of saying it had no objection to the FA dismissing Allardyce.
“With regard to Sam Allardyce’s departure from his role at The FA, the LMA was in regular communication with Sam and The FA throughout the process. We fully respect the decision that they have mutually agreed,” the LMA said.
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