Leeds fans react on Twitter to sacking after Telegraph investigation
By Harvey Byrne
Tommy Wright was sacked by Barnsley on Thursday after his role in the corruption scandal currently engulfing English football – and some Leeds fans reacted on Twitter by paying testament to their former player.
Other sections of the club’s support recalled reports that the dismissed assistant manager was returning to take up a role at Leeds under Massimo Cellino, who is also caught in the scandal.
The Telegraph named Wright in the current corruption scandal which has also seen Sam Allardyce leave his role as England boss.
Wright was filmed apparently being given an envelope of money in return for allegedly helping persuade Barnsley to sign players from a fake Far East firm.
The newspaper claims he accepted £5,000 in an envelope full of £20 notes at a meeting in Leeds in August.
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Barnsley announced on Thursday morning that they had terminated the contract of Wright, who played for Leeds for four years during his playing career between 1982 and 1986.
Following his retirement, he has been the assistant boss at both Chesterfield and Barnsley.
The Sun reported two weeks a go that Cellino wanted to bring Wright back to the club and these latest revelations prompted some of the Twitter posts from Leeds supporters.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Surely Cellino will be looking to go back for Tommy Wright and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for the #LUFC dream team
— Paul Allanson (@PaulAllanson23) September 29, 2016
#lufc facing points deduction because Tommy Wright played for us….
And Big Sam…maybe…who cares…#lufc
— Brookey (@BrookeyLUFC) September 29, 2016
— Jason Westerman (@westyjase) September 29, 2016
— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) September 29, 2016
— Ruth Saxton (@ruthsaxton76) September 29, 2016
This Tommy Wright thing! I'm struggling to come to terms with it to be honest!….The blokes now 50 years old!!! ???? #lufc
— Steve Lawrence (@super_leeds70) September 29, 2016
— Rob Mitchell (@RobMitch92) September 29, 2016
Owner Cellino was filmed by the Telegraph offering undercover reporters posing as an investment firm a way to get around FA and Fifa third-party ownership rules.
Leeds issued a statement on their official website that claimed the footage of their owner amounted to a “non-story” as Cellino “made a perfectly proper suggestion which is entirely consistent with the FA’s regulations”.
However, fans haven’t seen the same side of the story about their controversial owner and much of the support want the Italian businessman to leave the club after constant manager upheaval and player departures during his two-year reign in charge.
He is also is currently the subject of an FA inquiry into allegations that he agreed an illegal payment of £185,000 during the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
In other Leeds news, Monk has responded to allegations made against owner Massimo Cellino.