Ex-Toon Manager Points Finger At Shepherd

Last updated : 21 June 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
Souness fears his career could be over. But he insists he has done nothing wrong and revealed that Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd handled transfer negotiations during his time at St James'.

Souness: "They have blackened my reputation without anything to back up their claims.

"Stevens' report states there was absolutely no evidence of improper payments to clubs, officials or players - and yet they throw my name in to their report to generate headlines.

"Their only justification is some vague nonsense about there being inconsistencies in my answers to their questions. What's that about?

"I've been in the professional game for 40 years and whether you like me or not, I've won more than 25 major honours right across Europe both as a player and a manager. And then some outfit of accountants write things that could destroy my life and my career, when their own report says there was no evidence of wrongdoing!

"He (Freddy Shepherd) controlled how much Newcastle paid for a player, how much salary that individual received and how much the agent would be paid.

"I wasn't involved in any discussions or meetings about those transactions. Not about the fee, the salary or the agents' fees.

"The only exception was the Boumsong deal.

"I knew the details of that transfer fee because he was coming in from Rangers and I'm a close friend of their chairman David Murray. But the rest was the chairman's business."