Sunderland boss calls for more transparency in football transfer market

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Sunderland boss David Moyes wants to see greater transparency in transfer deals after a series of allegations that has rocked the world of football.

The Daily Telegraph this week published several allegations, including claims that eight unnamed managers have taken so-called ‘bungs’ in transfer deals.

The sting operations have dominated the news.

And Moyes has called for the full details of transfer deals to be made public, including the fees paid to agents.

“We could do with transparency in every deal,” Moyes told the Echo.

“So, for example, a player that signs a contract comes in from a club, you get to see the fee and to see what the agent has been paid in the deal too.

“Then everyone knows where the money is going. That would be better.

“I know the FA say at the end of the season, this club has spent X amount on agents fees.

“But I think it would be better if everyone could see exactly what the deals where.”

Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce lost his long-coveted job as England manager just 67 days and one match into his reign after being secretly filmed as part of the Telegraph sting discussing ways to get around the Football Association’s rules on third-party ownership of players, among other topics.

Moyes, who managed Preston at the same time as Allardyce was making his name at nearby Bolton, admitted his sadness for his predecessor at the Stadium of Light.

Moyes said: “I don’t think it looks good for football generally, the stuff that has gone on.

“I have to say Sam is a friend and I am really disappointed it has ended up this way for him.

“This was a job that he always wanted, a man who has worked his way up through the lower leagues, in Ireland, Bolton etc to get to the top and eventually gets the biggest job and only got the chance for one game.

“He has admitted to his mistake and he will be disappointed with that. He will always be a friend.

“It is not a good time for football, football managers and coaches are getting a bad name at the moment.

“In my time, I have to say this isn’t the norm but obviously what is happening is wrong.”

When asked if Moyes believes there is more corruption in the game now than in previous years, he added: “I don’t know if there is. I have never seen it. I have been in the game and nobody has ever come up to me.

“I have not had it. I can only go by what I know. It has not happened with me.”