New shocked by ‘illegal payment’ claim

Jim Fallon  Picture: Dave Haines
Jim Fallon Picture: Dave Haines
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Hawks assistant manager Sean New revealed his shock at the news vice-chairman Jim Fallon has been accused of offering ‘illegal payments’ to a transfer target.

Carshalton midfield player Tom Davis has accused Fallon of offering him ‘cash under the table’ to join the club.

Fallon denies any wrongdoing and told The News on Monday the deal was ‘a private sponsorship agreement’ between one of his companies, Beaumont Water Heaters, and the player.

And while New was present when the Hawks met with Davis, he was surprised at the allegations published in the Non-League Paper.

‘It has come out of the blue,’ said Stuart Ritchie’s assistant.

‘I am shocked. It is a massive surprise. I went along to the meeting to present the club to the player and wasn’t party to the financial side.’

The Hawks’ board held a meeting yesterday.

In addition to discussing the allegations, they have sought legal advice and are not prepared to make any further comment at this stage.

New and manager Ritchie, who took over the reins two weeks after the end of the season, are yet to bring any new faces to the club.

Blue Square Bet South golden boot winner Franny Collin has been linked with a move from Tunbridge Angels to Westleigh Park.

New has rubbished the talk, though.

‘Collin is the sort of player we might have on our radar but I don’t know of any contact being made,’ he said.

‘Any speculation linking us to him from my point of view is totally untrue.

‘He is under contract, so any contact would have to go through the club.’

The Hawks are, though, believed to be closing in on deals for a keeper and a midfielder.