Joey Barton “Free Transfer” Looks Very Dicey

The big news this morning in the Newcastle press is really nothing to do with Newcastle, since it involves Joey Barton and his agent Willie McKay.

Willie McKay – suddenly became QPR’s agent in free transfer

Ever since Joey Barton arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 2007, Willie McKay has presented himself as Joey’s agent.

He was the one who talked on the player’s behalf when Joey was jailed in the summer of 2008, and who spoke for Joey in the contract negotiations earlier this year at Newcastle, and who announced in early June that Newcastle would not be making any new contract offer to Barton.

So it’s a good assumption to say that Willie McKay was Joey Barton’s agent.

But in the free transfer of Barton to QPR a couple of weeks ago, Willie acted as QPR’s agent.

So who represented Joey Barton?   Joey himself seems to be the answer to that question.

On the surface of it this seems very dicey,  because one agent is not allowed to represent both club and player, and the FA should look into the deal, with reports being that McKay got well over £1M for the transaction – a free transfer by the way.

That’s simply ludicrous,  and it needs to be investigated, but it seems that attempts by the FA to investigate Willie McKay’s role in the free transfer  will be restricted by McKay’s agent registration details.

That’s because Willie is licensed by the Scottish FA, and he only comes under the jurisdiction of the English FA as a registered overseas agent, who is based in Monaco.

We don’t know what went on in the deal, but on the surface, it all looks very fishy indeed, and where there’s smoke,  there’s usually fire.

Of course our view is that greedy agents are ruining the game by their exorbitant demands in the transfer market, and Newcastle came up against much the same thing with Mevlut Erdinc’s agent, Pierre Frelot,

The news is that Newcastle were unwilling to pay out the fees demanded by the Turkish International’s agent,  and that’s the main reason the deal was not done.

In the McKay case, when Joey’s agent suddenly becomes the other club’s agent (just by coincidence),  there’s something fishy in that.

And it probably means that Willie got a lot more money being the agent for QPR, rather than for Joey.

And it would also suggest that Willie probably told Barton what to do in the deal and guided him through it – and that’s not allowed.

Of course we’re not saying that’s what actually happened, but only suggesting that as the possible motivation.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t really care about this to be honest…

    If Joey and his agent get in trouble, this is QPR’s issue, not ours!

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    FA to investigate anything that would be positive towards NEWCASTLE can be simply described as a non starter… Greedy agents need shooting!!!


    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    To my memory PSG came out and said we didn’t even bid for Erdinc so if agent fees were the stumbling block we were (again) trying to tap up a player

    As for Bartons agent being in trouble GOOD

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    K4Toon // Sep 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    i fear by the time HBA back to fitness he will face a losing battle to Shola for a starting place. Shola has simply brought us luck to pick up 8 pts in a miraculous 4-game unbeaten run while HBA barely scored a single goal in 12 mths.
    i think Shola is a better player and shld start every game, as long as he can stand on his feet, ahead of HBA or whoever at the club.


  • drongo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree – QPRs problem

    This man is a sneaky parasite however.

  • Scottiedog

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I cannot stand Willie Mckay and should not have got away with the bung scandal a few years ago!!

  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    McKay is a tax dodging tw@t and I’m totally fed up with Barton being associated with NUFC. Let it go, he’s gone!

  • derekm

    Sep 15, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    You can read between the lines from Ashley’s perspective when you realise that this sort of
    ” player’s representative ” sits in front of you and demands x and y for a signature. The damage that agents have done to the mechanics of the game with regard to transfers and salaries is incalculable. Some might say that Ashley is cut from the same cloth, and Llambias is no angel, so it balances it all out I suppose, but I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Mckay is trying to sell you one of his players! With regard to the sports direct sign on the east stand – who gives a? Sports direct cash will have been transferred from one of his businesses to another to pay for the sponsorship, and to avoid profit taxes – It’s no different to what a host of large multi – company groups do to minimise their tax bills at the end of the year, they move money around. The fact that it’s going into NUFC can only be beneficial.
    With regard to the ” tacky ” moans, no one complains at the Northern Rock logo on the shirts – and that company has lost people their homes and jobs.

  • wynbae

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesus. Bloke looks like the manager of Hull’s premier night-spot. What a greaser!

  • theleckworthbird

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    You know, the best job in football (certainly the most lucrative) must be that of an agent. Just think, if you have seven or eight players on your books, you are earning as much as they. Where do they come from? How do you get to be one? I’m sure there are no courses or certificates for such a position. They are the epitome of sponging parasites. I sincerely wish all chairmen of every football club would get together to curb this growing menace to the economy of football itself.

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    If Joey plays like on Monday, he’s good riddance. And he’s all trouble…


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