Hawks chief hits back at ‘illegal payment’ claim

Jim Fallon has denied any wrongdoing over the pursuit of Tom Davis  Picture: Dave Haines
Jim Fallon has denied any wrongdoing over the pursuit of Tom Davis Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks vice-chairman Jim Fallon is prepared to fight in the courts to clear his name after being accused of offering ‘illegal payments’ to a transfer target.

Carshalton Athletic midfielder Tom Davis has accused Fallon of offering him ‘cash under the table’, both in writing and at a meeting with Hawks assistant manager Sean New, in a bid to tempt him to Westleigh Park.

The Non-League Paper also allege that documents exist showing Fallon offered Davis a ‘private company and football playing sponsorship agreement’, to be paid for by Fallon’s company Beaumont Water Heaters Ltd.

The agreement includes a four-figure signing-on fee, a family holiday every year, private medical insurance and an additional £200 on top of Davis’ ‘through the books’ football salary straight into a ‘nominated bank account of personal choice’.

But Fallon has denied any wrongdoing, despite claims that such a deal would fall outside of the FA’s strict guidelines.

He said: ‘I will be taking legal advice. It has nothing at all to do with Havant & Waterlooville Football Club.

‘It is a private sponsorship agreement between one of my limited companies, Beaumont Water Heaters, and the player.

‘The article in the paper also accused me of being out of the country and unavailable to comment. That is rubbish.

‘I have been at Wembley this weekend watching England play with chairman Derek Pope and Sean New.’

Fallon joined the Hawks board in the closing stages of last season after falling out with Southern League premier outfit AFC Totton.

After seeing the Hawks stay in Blue Square South with a last-gasp winner on the final day of the season, Fallon has made it clear he is ready to bankroll a bid for promotion.