Chris Wilder: '˜Corruption in football not a major issue in lower leagues'

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder believes the latest allegations of corruption in football are not a major issue in the lower leagues.

Friday, 30th September 2016, 7:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:06 pm
Sheffield United's Billy Sharp celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the League One match at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham. Picture date: September 4th, 2016. Pic David Klein/Sportimage -------------------- Sport Image 16/17 CONT Gillingham v Sheff Utd 04 September 2016 ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Wilder, in charge at League One United, believes the huge amount of money in the Premier League and Championship – with multi-million pound transfers commonplace – is behind the misdemeanours highlighted in this week’s Daily Telegraph probe. England manager Sam Allardyce was the first casualty, while yesterday Championship side Barnsley sacked assistant manager Tommy Wright following the newspaper allegations. Wilder – former Halifax Town and Northampton boss – said he had never been approached by agents offering cash to sign players. But he believes there will be “a lot of nervous people” in football, with rumours that more high-profile managers’ identities are set to be revealed. “It’s been disappointing, but I imagine like a lot of industries – where there is a lot of money flying about – then there is people out there who can be, and will be affected by it,” said Wilder. “It’s really disappointing, but I am not surprised with the amount of money that is awash at Premier League and Championship levels. “It’s not a good time for football and I imagine there are a lot of nervous people out there at the moment. “Hopefully they can get to the bottom of it and clear it all up.

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