Rotherham United: Ex-Millers caretaker boss Eric Black refutes Telegraph claim

Eric Black during his spell at Rotherham
Eric Black during his spell at Rotherham

Former Rotherham United caretaker boss Eric Black has denied any wrongdoing after being named in the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into corruption in football.

Black, who held the Millers hot-seat after the departure of Steve Evans last season until Neil Redfearn’s appointment and is now assistant boss at Southampton, allegedly offered an undercover reporter advice on how to bribe officials at other clubs.

The conversation took place during his time with the Saints and Rotherham are in no way implicated.

According to the Telegraph, Black, who also served as first-team coach with the Millers, attended a meeting arranged by football agent Scott McGarvey. The Telegraph has released footage which it claims shows Black discussing how staff at other clubs could be induced to pass on information about players to a management company for money.

FA rules state that intermediaries “must not give, offer or seek to offer, any consideration of any kind” to a club official “in return for any benefit, service, favour or any kind of preferential treatment”.

A spokesman for Black told the Telegraph: “Mr Black does not recall Mr McGarvey making suggestions that football officials should be paid during transfer negotiations - this was not the purpose of the meeting so far as our client understood it. Any suggestion that he was complicit in such discussions is false.”

A Southampton statement said: “Southampton Football Club is fully committed to investigating any situation that directly or indirectly relates to our club, employees or the wider community.”

England manager Sam Allardyce and Barnsley No 2 Tommy Wright have already lost their jobs as a result of the probe.