Southampton assistant manager Eric Black is the latest person to feature in the Daily Telegraph’s ongoing football investigations, after being accused of offering advice on bribing club officials.
The club revealed on Thursday evening that Claude Puel’s number two will feature in Friday’s article in the sting which has rocked English football.
In the video, Black is seen speaking with undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm and the Telegraph allege he advises the ‘businessmen’ how to bribe lower league staff to identify players for their fictitious agency.
Black attended the meeting at the Lime Wood Hotel in Hampshire on September 2 along with football agent Scott McGarvey, who thought he would be working to identify promising young players for the Far East firm to sign.
Earlier this week, Sam Allardyce lost his job as England boss after being filmed advising people purporting to be businessmen how to circumvent the FA’s rules on third-party ownership.
The Saints say they have contacted the Football Association and the Premier League and “intend to work closely with both bodies on this matter when the facts become clear”.
The statement said: “Southampton Football Club has today been made aware by The Daily Telegraph that, as part of their on-going investigation, the club’s Assistant First Team Manager Eric Black will feature as part of an article in tomorrow’s paper.
“The club immediately requested to be sent, by The Daily Telegraph, the details of this article, but the newspaper declined to share any further information.
“We have today contacted The FA and The Premier League, and intend to work closely with both bodies on this matter when the facts become clear.