There’s some big money involved in any £35M transfer, and it probably should not be surprising that two agents are fighting it out over who gets the agent’s fees for the Andy Carroll transfer to Liverpool in January.
It seems that Liverpool used the services of agent David Bromley on the deal, and on the actual contract Andy stated that on his side, he didn’t use any agent.
It was noted that a solicitor (lawyer), Richard Green, had advised Carroll on the deal.
Liverpool said in a statement that the club “did use the services of an agent on the transfer”, but didn’t go into any more detail than that, and in fact have so far refused to go into any more detail than that. The plot thickens.
Carroll’s former agent, Peter Harrison, says he had an existing two-year contract to represent Carroll two months ago, when Carroll completed his £35M switch to Liverpool, and apparently has represented Carroll since the lad was 16 back in 2005.
And apparently Harrison accompanied Carroll on Mike Ashley’s helicopter that was used to get Carroll over to Liverpool on deadline day.
Harrison is now suing the Gateshead-born striker for loss of earnings, and the case has already been referred to an arbitration board, with Harrison claiming Carroll had wanted to be represented by Kevin Nolan’s agent, Mark Curtis, but since Harrison’s contract still had some months to run, that just wasn’t possible.
It may be that Kevin, Andy’s best pal, had tried to get his agent in on the deal, since it was massive, or Andy may have been thinking of switching to have Kevin’s agent represent him in the future, when the unexpected deal came up in January – but who knows?
FA rules are very specific in governing the conduct of football agents, and require them to have written contracts with any player they represent, but for a maximum of only two years.
And if a player breaks a contract with an agent, as Harrison claims Andy Carroll did, then the agent can sue for lost earnings, which is what Harrison is doing.
Mark Curtis, Kevin Nolan’s agent, is not even listed on Carroll’s contract as having acted for either side, but in another twist, David Bromley, who acted for Liverpool, just so happens to be Curtis’s associate.
Oh my, what a mess – and we remember what Gordon Gekko in the 1987 move Wall Street said “Greed is good.”
No it isn’t, and we suppose this case will be sorted out sooner rather than later, but what a mess.
Oh what a tangled web we weave.