By Adebayo Williams
Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was caught on camera negotiating a fee of around N27.5 million (£55,000) to fly to Singapore to appear for a firm’s sports campaign. The former Chelsea player, 41, was interviewed by an undercover Telegraph reporter and was heard saying the agent should work something out to make him happy. He also agreed to consider signing some of their players for his club. The Dutch manager is the latest to be caught in corrupt practices after former England boss, Sam Allardye was forced to quit after similar footage of him emerged.
QPR have, however, said their confidence in Hasselbank remains unshaken but said they would conduct an internal negotiation.
“The club is aware of the allegations made against QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the Telegraph.
“First and foremost, the club takes very seriously any alleged breach of the rules.
“With this in mind, the club can confirm that there will be a thorough internal investigation regarding this matter.
“However, we have every confidence in our manager and the robust systems and processes the club has in place,” a statement by the club read.
The former Netherlands player has said he saw nothing wrong about the negotiation. He said his lawyers had responded on his behalf and claimed not to have asked for players from the undercover reporters.
The Telegraph continue to unmask the depth of corruption in England. It had on Monday unmasked Allardyce’s shady deals with purported middle-east businessmen. The newspaper has also alleged that eight as-yet-unnamed managers took bribes in player transfers.