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.