Questions Being Asked About The Andy Carroll Transfer

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.

Andy is in dispute with his former agent, Peter Harrison, over the transfer, and indeed is now being sued by Harrison.

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • clinta2

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    You were spot on at “who knows?” and should of left it there.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Agents or Carroll? I don’t care who gets hurt in this as long as someone does and it bloody hurts.

  • Markaccus

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    More to the point, who cares, its no longer newcastles problem 😀

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    True, true Markaccus, Very true.

  • toonarmy1986

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Long as Newcastle aren’t involved in doing anything dodgy then I don’t care but knowing our luck we will and will get banned in the transfer market while Liverpool get away with it.

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Agents ruin football making it all about money, just leeches and its a shame most footballers cant just deal with it themselves.
    Markaccus spot on, not our problem or concern, unless it somehow nulls the transfer and we still get the money and carroll back.

    Or for comedy value carroll looses his thirty pieces of silver
    I’d have him back just so long as it was a free and he had his tail between his legs. Agents and money were the devil in his ear

  • bojous

    Mar 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Why are We Even talking about this? It’s not like it’ll result in Andy coming back, he’s gone, end of, move on.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    who cares?

  • stuart no9

    Mar 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    dont give a flying f..k ,

  • i Toon

    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    This is NUFC blog not LFC who cares about Andy and his agent once our club is in the clear nothing to do with us.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with the posts above. If we are in the clear it has nothing to do with us. Screw him and serves him right to trust dodgy agents.

  • Steve_48

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    All as bad as each other, however Carroll’s agent should come out on top on this one I don’t know where the argument is – he’s legally Carroll’s representative and just because Nolan offered assistance this was Carroll’s mistake.

    Just goes to prove he really is big, but dumb as a stump.


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