England coach Steve McClaren denies the Football Association have demanded he sever links with Colin Gordon in response to the agent's comments that football is rife with corruption.

Gordon claimed last week that millions of pounds are being siphoned out of the sport, described the English game as the "dirty man of Europe" and branded agents "scum of the earth".

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson hit back at Gordon by accusing him of trying to ensure that McClaren was made Leeds United manager when he was at the Riverside in 2002.

Reports have emerged stating McClaren is reconsidering his partnership with the former Birmingham City striker in light of the allegat ions but the England supremo says it is a "private matter".

On the eve of Lord Stevens' presentation to Premier League chairmen on the findings of his investigation into football corruption, McClaren said the FA had not intervened in the matter.

"Colin has made his comments and they are his personal views," he said. "By no means do they represent what I believe or my opinions. I don't want to say any more about this situation. It's very private to me.

"Nobody has come to me from the FA and put forward a situation where Colin might not be my agent.

"At the present moment, Colin is my agent and what might happen in the future is a private matter between me and him. I'm not going to comment on whether I'll speak to him this week."

Gordon's allegations have helped keep the spotlight firmly fixed on football corruption during the countdown to Lord Stevens' presentation today.

In the past six months, the former Metropolitan Police officer has examined 362 transfers that took place between January 2004 and January 2006.

He will make a host of recommendations on how to tighten up regulations to ensure irregular transfer payments do not happen.

About 60 of the 362 transfers are thought to require further investigation and he will ask the Premiership chairmen if they want more detailed information on those.

He is also expected to tell chairmen that his security firm, Quest, will need several more months to complete their investigations, although there will be no 'naming and shaming' those clubs or transfers that require further investigation.

There have been no shortage of whistle-blowers on the corrupt state of English football but all allegations have been undermined by a lack of hard evidence.

Luton Town manager Mike Newell initially catapulted the issue into the headlines in January when he made claims he had been offered bungs.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore set up the inquiry, headed by Lord Stevens, to investigate but it was last month's Panorama programme that seared football corruption on to the public conscience.

While the BBC's expose has been heavily criticised [2014] not least from those Premiership managers who have commented on it [2014] it raised the issue to the top of the agenda.

Once again, little hard evidence was uncovered although Newcastle assistant manager Kevin Bond lost his job amid the allegations [2014] claims he vehemently denies. But there was more than enough material to suggest football is in desperate need of thorough investigation and it will help ensure the authorities act, having been notoriously reluctant to tackle the issue.

The FA have already vowed to "significantly strengthen" the size of their compliance department to deal with all allegations of corruption.

The compliance unit, which is presently made up of six staff, have been overwhelmed by the number of referrals in the wake of recent claims about bungs and illegal approaches for players.