Last updated : 13 January 2006 By Editor
After his comments on agents and bungs Mike Newell may have opened a hornet's nest and it may be squeakybum time for some managers and agents.

From the Torgraph.

Mike Newell is ready to "name names" when he meets representatives from the Football Association next week as they investigate the Luton Town manager's claim that he has been offered bungs of £10,000 and more by agents for transfer deals.

Brian Barwick, the FA's chief executive, called the allegations "very serious" and added: "If he's willing to provide names and details of people who have breached the rules, we will investigate fully."

Newell has not specified the nature of his "proof" but was adamant that he can provide the necessary evidence to the FA's compliance unit, who investigate such matters. "I can substantiate everything I've said so far," Newell insisted. "I have absolutely nothing to hide. I hope it's not swept under the carpet and I'll be annoyed if it's just forgotten.

"You'll get a lot of people denying things, but you don't have to be Einstein to understand why they're doing this. There are clear problems in football but nothing ever gets done. Why has it taken people so long to realise what's going on? Why aren't they doing anything about it?

"What it needs is for someone high profile to stand up and shout about it. What you find is a lot of people involved with the agents and doing the deals are taking the back-handers. That is without question. You're not telling me the only person guilty of taking a bung in the last decade is [ex-Arsenal manager] George Graham. I don't believe it."

Phil Smith, of First Artists, who represent several leading players said: "Mike Newell now needs to put up or shut up - come out with the names. He can't turn his back on it now or else it will mean there's going to be just innuendo."