Southampton close investigation into corruption claims over coach Eric Black
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 01/12/16 1:10pm
Southampton have ended their investigation into first-team assistant coach Eric Black following a sting by The Telegraph in September.
The newspaper claimed Black had given undercover reporters advice on how to bribe officials, allegations the former Motherwell and Coventry boss strenuously denied.
Southampton opened an investigation into the claim and vowed to work closely with the Football Association and Premier League.
However, on Thursday they called time on their probe due to a "lack of evidence" against the 53-year-old Scot.
In a statement, the Premier League side said: "Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has closed its internal investigation into allegations made by The Telegraph against first team assistant manager Eric Black.
"Despite numerous requests to provide the club with any evidence relating to the allegation against Mr Black, none has been forthcoming.
"There is no evidence of any wrongdoing, and as such, the club now considers the matter closed. Eric Black retains the full support of Southampton Football Club."