Following Sam Allardyce’s England resignation, a number of Football League managers have been revealed to be involved in similar undercover activity with the Telegraph’s fictitious businesses. The latest is QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Hasselbaink flew to Singapore where he negotiated a fee of £55,000 to act as an ambassador for a sports company that proposed selling players to his club
The 44-year-old held two meetings with an undercover reporter at which he discussed meeting investors in the company and potentially signing players they represented.
Denial of wrongdoing
In a statement released by QPR, Hasselbaink has denied any wrongdoing, although the release of the video won’t help his cause.
“I have today, through my lawyers, responded in full to the accusations levelled against me by The Telegraph. I was approached by Mr McGarvey and Ms Newell of The Telegraph purporting to be players’ agents. They offered me a fee to make a speech in Singapore. I do not see anything unusual in being offered to be paid to make a speech. I did not make any promises in return. I did not ask QPR to purchase any of the players who were said to be managed by Mr McGarvey and Ms Newell and did not and would not recommend the purchase of a player for my personal gain. I deny any accusations of wrongdoing on my part.”
Queens Park Rangers added they will undergo a “thorough internal investigation regarding this matter”