QPR launch investigation amid Telegraph’s claims about boss Hasselbaink
PUBLISHED: 05:00 29 September 2016
QPR have launched an internal investigation following allegations made by The Daily Telegraph about their manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
As part of their investigation into alleged corruption in football - which this week led to Sam Allardyce losing his job as England boss - the newspaper have now published footage of Hasselbaink and Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright – who has since been suspended.
The newspaper has reported that Rangers boss Hasselbaink held two meetings with an undercover reporter, where he is alleged to have negotiated a fee of £55,000 to act as an ambassador for a sports company that proposed selling players to QPR, while meeting investors in the company and potentially signing players they represented.
Hasselbaink has launched a strong defence of his actions after video footage showed him asking his suitors to “come up with a nice figure” for a role, which the newspaper says he is told would involve a number of trips to meet with the firm in Singapore.
In the video, Hasselbaink says: “You said the word business. That’s all, it’s business, so it depends what you put down, you know... at the end of the day, it has to be worthwhile to go all that way.”
The Championship said they retained “every confidence” in Hasselbaink, and although they have not suspended the 44-year-old, he will be the subject of a “thorough internal investigation”.
The club added: “We have every confidence in our manager and the robust systems and processes the club has in place.”
Meanwhile Hasselbaink issued his own statement in which he denied any impropriety and said he saw nothing “unusual” in the prospective deal.
Hasselbaink said: “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 (football agent Scott McGarvey) and Ms Newell (The Daily Telegraph’s Claire 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.”
Despite initially backing the Dutchman in a club statement, the Times understands Hasselbaink is on borrowed time and is likely to lose his job after these revelations, with his fate set to be discovered before Saturday’s west London derby at Fulham.