Dyche on corruption investigation - 'It's not come my way'

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The Telegraph's football corruption investigation isn't a side of the game Sean Dyche is familiar with.

And the Clarets boss, like many onlookers, is awaiting what the rest of the findings bring.

So far, Sam Allardyce has left his post as England boss, two months into his reign, while Southampton assistant boss Eric Black, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have been implicated, and Barnsley’s Tommy Wright has left Oakwell.

Dyche admitted: “It’s not come my way. You hear stories of course of different situations and questions of certain situations that have happened.

“With all due respect we’re not the superpower clubs going worldwide to get players.

"I don’t think it’s helpful to the game at large for obvious reasons.

“It’s different for me here. With all due respect, I don’t want to be flippant about it but we’re not exactly bundling money all over the world and getting 15 agents involved in every deal, but some deals necessitate that that is the case.

“The thing that’s missing out of the chain generally about football is if you want a player, you don’t choose the agents, often he’s just got one.

"And that can be two, it can be three sometimes. It can be four in some cases.

"Not with me, I must make it clear. We don’t sign players who are probably big enough to have that. But some of these players now they are like mini companies, they have a whole team of people. So I can imagine where that gets interesting, because who are you dealing with? Who’s the main man?

“There are big players who have got a little entourage.

“We tend to be at a level of the market that is pretty much ‘you’re the agent, that’s the player, ring the club, how can this work?’.

“It hasn’t really come my way.

“But if you’re the superpower clubs talking multi multi multi million pound deals, then I imagine it can get more tricky if you’re dealing with four people rather than just one."

Asked whether the game is in trouble, he said: “I don’t know. What’s going to be interesting is what comes out of this to find out.

“In any walk of life, in any business, you’ll hear rumours of different things.

“It’s like a village, football. There’s always someone trying to do someone down or do someone up, or whatever, just by the nature of what it is.

“I’ve mentioned many times I’ve got a couple of business friends I talk things over with and all sorts of that rumour and conjecture goes on in most businesses.

“We’ll find out if the news that’s drip feeding out about different situations, and the depth of that. "We’ll see, but it’s not something that’s come my way."

On Allardyce, Dyche has an element of sympathy, having lost his dream job: “From a purely managerial point of view I feel for him in a sense that he’s worked for all those years in order to get the best position he’d ever want in his career.

“For that to be taken away, or given away, is harsh in that respect.

“On the other side of things, if it’s entrapment, as he called it, it’s still not ideal for that situation to open up.

“It’s the crazy world we live in with all that goes with it as a manager.

“It surprised me because of the fact he’s England manager. You just think that’s an unlikely event."