Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has become embroiled in the scandal that resulted in Big Sam Allardyce leaving his position as England manager.
QPR boss Hasselbaink was filmed by the same group of undercover reporters from The Telegraph, who posed as agents and got the former Chelsea striker to agree to take a £55,000 fee to represent the fake firm by flying to the Far East.
This footage could get Hasselbaink in trouble as he appeared open to the idea of signing players from the firm, even though this could present a possible conflict of interest.
Nevertheless, according to The Telegraph, Hasselbaink has denied any wrongdoing.
During the negotiations caught on hidden camera, Hasselbaink was seen haggling over his fee.
He wanted more and more, which is understandable.
After all, why would he get involved with something like this if there wasn’t a big wedge of cash in it for him?
Sure, the 44-year-old has not been earning mega money in the past few years – according to the Daily Mail, he started on just £40,000 a year when he took the Burton Albion manager’s role in 2014.
However, Hasselbaink was made a millionaire during his playing days. The London Evening Standard claim that Chelsea gave the Dutchman a £2.8m pay-off when he left Stamford Bridge to join Middlesbrough in 2004.
That makes you wonder why he would bother getting involved in this dodgy deal. After all, £55,000 represents less than 2% of that Chelsea pay-off.
Twelve years is a long time though. Maybe he’s blown the lot and just needs a dirty £55k to put food on the table?
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