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Southampton coach latest to fall into Telegraph's corruption trap

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Eric Black the latest name linked to the Telegraph corruption scandal
Eric Black the latest name linked to the Telegraph corruption scandal

Southampton assistant coach Eric Black is the latest high profile name to be thrown into the corruption web being spun by the Daily Telegraph, after he was caught on camera talking about bribes.

Black is a well known figure in the game after he built his legend on the field by scoring the winner goal for Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen in the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup final win over Real Madrid.

Now he has questions to answer now after apparently offering to introduce undercover reports to lower league coaching staff members who might be open to taking bribes in return for assistant in player transfers.

Southampton have pledged to assist the Football Association and Premier League after releasing a statement confirming Black was the next name to be named in the Telegraph's corruption enquiry before the story was released.

Saints pre-empted the newspapers' latest round of articles under the strapline 'Football For Sale' by saying they had requested details from the Telegraph - a request they said had been turned down.

The club's statement read: "Southampton Football Club has today been made aware by The Daily Telegraph that, as part of their ongoing 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.

"Southampton Football Club is fully committed to investigating any situation that directly or indirectly relates to our club, employees or the wider community."

Black was appointed to Southampton's coaching staff during the summer as assistant to Claude Puel.

This latest story follows up the explosive sting that brought down Sam Allardyce as England manager, with more revelations expected to emerge in the coming days.