Middlesbrough are reportedly considering legal action against their former manager Garry Monk.
According to The Times, the Championship club have accused Monk of helping his agent, James Featherstone, to profit from transfer deals during his six-month spell at the Riverside Stadium.
Boro are claimed to feel Monk was not protecting the business interests of the club – something he was contractually obliged to do.
Middlesbrough launched an investigation after receiving information that they may have paid over the odds to signa number of players, including Ryan Shotton, Marvin Johnson, Ashley Fletcher and Cyrus Christie.
Monk, it has been alleged, failed to inform Middlesbrough of the valuations placed on them by their clubs and therefore allowed the club to pay inflated fees.
It has also been suggested that he ‘passed on confidential information to Featherstone, which enabled the agent to increase his commission’.
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of any of the players of their clubs and all the allegations have been denied by Monl’s lawyers, Mills & Reeve.
Middlesbrough’s investigation started after Birmingham chief executive Xuandong Ren revealed Monk’s relationship with Featherstone played a part in his sacking last month.
Blues chiefs told Monk that they would not permit Featherstone to be involved in all of the club’s transfers.
On Thursday night, Featherstone said: “Allegations were put to Garry and me by (Middlesbrough). We instructed lawyers, cooperated and responded fully.
“We received these allegations almost a year ago and following a strong rebuttal of all allegations, have heard nothing further from the club and there have been no regulatory breaches nor any court action taken.
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“The club were always, and still are, fully aware at all times of all transfer dealings. No business was conducted without Middlesbrough’s authority.
“As such we remain perplexed by the foundations of this supposed internal investigation.”