Souness Stands Alone

Last updated : 17 June 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
Sam Allardyce is refusing to talk to the BBC, Harry Redknapp is staying silent, but Souness has put on the boxing gloves and is threatening to sue the Quest investigators.

The Scot is incensed that the Quest team, led by former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens, claimed there were inconsistencies in the evidence he and Kenny Shepherd, the son of Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, gave to the investigators.

Lord Stevens named four transfers involving Newcastle among the 17 deals they said they were unable to sign off because of concerns over them.

Four Newcastle deals — for Inter midfielder Emre,Rangers defender Jean Alain Boumsong, Portsmouth midfielder Amdy Faye and Deportivo La Coruna striker Albert Luque — involved fees totalling £23.3m and were all conducted when Souness was manager.

A statement issued by Souness's solicitors said he could not understand why he had been named. Now Souness is threatening to take Quest to court to lift what he believes is the slur that hangs over him and the serious damage that being named could have on his managerial prospects.