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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2006, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
Newell reveals bung inquiry hopes
Mike Newell
Newell revealed he had been offered "bungs" by agents in January
Luton manager Mike Newell hopes Lord John Stevens' investigation into football corruption will "put a few people in order" within the sport.

Stevens' findings will be revealed to Premier League chairmen on 2 October.

Newell said: "I hope names will be named, and I can see no reason why they wouldn't be. The problem is more widespread than people think it is.

"The inquiry might scare a few people, and put a few people in order. That is what I hope will happen."

Cleaning up the game will depend on the powerful clubs

Luton manager Mike Newell

Last January, Newell revealed he had been offered "bungs" by agents.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore then announced the setting up of inquiry headed by Stevens, who is a former Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

At the time Scudamore denied the inquiry was in response to Newell's revelations or comments by former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson that three unnamed Premiership clubs were riddled with corruption.

Newell added: "My biggest problem is the fees clubs have to pay agents. They just turn up and ask for large sums of money for nothing. Why should we pay them?

"There are people who work here 52 weeks a year for nothing like the sums of money agents get for turning up with their player. I don't understand it at all. It doesn't make sense."

Newell also called on England's top clubs to take the lead in the fight against corruption.

"Cleaning up the game will depend on the powerful clubs. If they do not take a stand, nothing will happen," said the Luton boss.



SEE ALSO
Scudamore announces bung inquiry
24 Jan 06 |  Football
Newell told to give bung evidence
12 Jan 06 |  Luton Town
New allegations in Eriksson saga
21 Jan 06 |  Internationals


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