Newcastle 5th Top Spender With Over £6M On Agents’ Fees


The Premier League has announced what each of its clubs spent on agents’ fees.

Demba Ba – wonder how much his agent fee was?

And of course Manchester City spent more than any other Premier League side over the last year with £9.66M going to representative of the players, which is now obviously a lucrative job to be in. How do you apply to be one of these? 😀

Tottenham spent the next highest amount at £7.57M, Liverpool were third on £7.0M, Chelsea were 4th on £6,46M and Newcastle were 5th top spender with £6.38M.

Champions Manchester United spent £4.46M and there was £71.87M in total fees spent between 1st October 2010 and 30th September, and that turns out to be the highest amount since the Premier League first published the figures back in 2008.

It is a rise of £4.73m on the £67.14m spent between over the previous 12 months, which is around a 7% increase.

The three lowest spenders included two of the promoted sides in Swansea at £248M and Norwich at £710M, with Wigan 3rd bottom on £659M.

Here is the list of total money spent on agents (Oct 2010 – Sep 2011):

1. Manchester City – £9,663,700
2. Tottenham Hotspur – £7,571,815
3. Liverpool – £7,000,242
4. Chelsea – £6,457,747
5. Newcastle United – £6,380,488
6. Arsenal – £4,648,532
7. Manchester United – £4,457,103
8. Blackburn Rovers – £4,227,056
9. Sunderland – £3,735,384
10. Aston Villa – £3,163,320
11. Everton – £2,931,127
12. Queens Park Rangers – £2,499,214
13. Stoke City – £2,207,698
14. Bolton Wanderers – £1,941,896
15. West Bromwich Albion – £1,305,576
16. Wolverhampton Wanderers – £1,107,918
17. Fulham – £951,245
18. Norwich City – £710,251
19. Wigan Athletic – £659,800
20. Swansea City – £248,633.00

The total spending on agents’ frees has been around £70M, but of course it was highest last year at £71.87M:

2010-11:  £71.87M
2009-10:  £67.14M
2008-09:  £70.69M

We continue to wonder how a club like Manchester City hope to balance their books under the new Financial Fair Play Rules, which will be phased in over the next three or four years, and essentally will insist that the clubs balance their books.

Only the amount brought in over the financial year in revenues will be allowed to be spent on players, and of course City lost £197M in their last financial year through June of this year and spent huge amounts in the transfer market over the last three years, and that amount is over £800M.

Over the last two financial years  Newcastle reduced their losses from £33.37M to £4.7M and in all likelihood will make a decent profit in this financial year, which will end next June.

Here are the financial for the last three years through last June for Newcastle:

2008-2009  – £37.7M  loss
2009 – 2010 – £33.57M  loss
2010 – 2011 – £4.7M  loss

Newcastle are doing a good job in getting their financials in order,  in spite of these daft fees they have to pay out .

Derek LLambias had said that free agents, such as Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid don’t come in  for nothing, and usually there are big agents’ fees in those free transfers, as we can see.

But it’s also interesting that one reason Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc didn’t arrive from PSG in the summer,  was that Newcastle were unwilling to pay the exorbitant fee his agent,  Pierre Frelot,  wanted for the deal.

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34 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Who could have known that free transfers cost so much?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Pleased to see a new article. Lets me know you’re OK Ed.

    Pleased to see that running a club like a business seems to work (I had my doubts). Wonder if we’ll become a model for other clubs?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Cant see Abeid havin a big agent fee he was a no one when he came here just a youth player…. Btw the money we payed is not just from newcastle on transfers its also added in with money payed on behalf of the players.. So really Newcastle as a club would have payed about £4/4.5million and the rest player fees

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    the more you spend the higher the agents fee. the agents fee in cases of free agents is relatively higher.

    so no surprises really

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    GeordieToon89, sorry mate. But it says agents fees. Nothing about any other fees, signing on or otherwise. So they haven’t been taken into account.

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  • geoff777

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    This period includes the Carroll transfer.
    We also had seven players coming in and four or five going out.
    So larger fees and we were busier than usual.

    I still don’t like it that so much is taken out of the game.

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  • lordy_geordie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    dont mean to pick fault but you have swansea and norwich in the hundreds of millions but it should say thousand like at theend

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Wow!!

    Watch out people swansea mean business this season and are looking to challenge man city for the title they must be if they are willing to spend a whopping 248 million on agents fee

    ambtion or what even man city are in a small pond compared to swanseas spending 😛

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    geoff777, wouldn’t Liverpool have paid Carroll’s agents fees?

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  • JackButler

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    The amount of money that goes out of the game is ridiculous, agents have the power to line their own pockets at will, but it seems that FIFA like to do the same thing so there’ll be no change unfortunately

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  • JackButler

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Also Liverpool have spent over 100mil compared to the 10mil that we have roughly spent, so how the hell have they only spent 700k more than us on fee’s???

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  • Stuart

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Because we’ve signed more players JB, which means more agents involved, which means more leeches to take money out of the sport.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    gg – sorry mate but thats not even the right statement.. the official one is on the official website which backs up exactly what av said
    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20111130/payments-to-agents-201011_2281670_2533340

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  • JackButler

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    @Stuart
    I was led to believe that agents fee were somewhere in the region of 10% of the transfer fee? (maybe wrong) just surprised that Liverpools overall fee are not a lot higher than what is being reported

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  • IPToon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    When somebody such as Ba who is worth several million, is available on a free, he will have loads of club after him. His agent will say i will bring him to your club but i want however many million. At the end of the day newcastle will end up spending a 1,2,3 million of whatever on somebody who is worth a lot more than that so everybody is happy!

    On a serious note though, i reckon around 6 million of our agents fee’s went to andy carrolls agent. Even though we were selling him i reckon we said, come on mate, if you manage to help us pull this off for £35m we will give you 6m ourselves as well as what liverpool are paying. Therefore im not paying much attention to the 6.3m we spent

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    GeordieToon89, my apologise.

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  • wynsleap

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    geoff @ 6 I agree – all this money going out to agents is just taking the money away from the clubs in particular and football in general.
    I may be wrong but I thought I saw a report early in Ashley’s tenure that said the club were not going down the route of paying agent’s exhorbitant fees.
    Although we may have refused in Erdinc’s case our position in this new table would seem to indicate we have changed tack on this intention somewhat.

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  • Stuart

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Why would we pay anything to AC’s agent? Liverpool were the buying club so it’ll all have came from them.

    Why would we refuse so many bids in order to get the price high just to give his agent 6m haha?

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  • solano

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Jack @ 10… a very good post and tells you everything about the modern game and the “businessmen” it attracts.
    Our club -spin doctors extraordinaire that they are – try to have it all ways as usual. They try to moralise by saying they won’t pay extortionate fees and then they do! The proportionality of the fees paid by us compared with Man City’s player investment is revealing – it seems Delboy and Fat Mike are much more adept at doing dodgy deals behind closed doors in smoke filled rooms than doing it the conventional way. Some may say, good on them if it saves us money…but those of us who are a little more circumspect will question whether the motivation of our leaders is for the good of the club or for siphoning off into some silk lined pockets.
    Afterall, the big agent fees that we have paid, still does not account for the £35m that we weere told would be spent.
    I say,we would all be better off without leeches like the McKay’s and indeed the Llambias’ of this world….but that would take a ruling body that is not riddled with corruption itself.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    @geordietoon89 – Mehdi Abeid was not a nobody! It raised more eyebrows in France when we got him than when we signed cabaye! Abeid was kind of like wilshere 2 seasons ago, massive things expected of him! He’d only played for the B team but in France reserves play in the lower leagues and he’d been immense!

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    IPToon – I think its actually against FIFA rules for an agent to be paid by both clubs!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    jayphoto – a mean a nobody in terms of he’s done nothing in his career never made a first team appearance until he came to us.. he was perhaps a prospect in france but still not a prospect who could command a big fee.. as he was very much unproven

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  • IPToon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Stuart – It wasnt a serious comment, i was just sayin that we were recieveing such a silly amount that even we should have paid his agent to make sure the deal was done. Fully aware no club would do that.

    My guess is Ba and Marveaux’s agents make up a lot of that, both free transfers and both worth several million so agents picked up a lot. Ben Arfa was signed in January and i bet his agent took a lot as well. Even somebody like Cabaye was signed on the cheap so im sure his agent picked up a fair bit.

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  • colwell

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    You can guarantee alot of the agent fee’s would have been to Marvs and Ba’s agents. What it doesn’t say is how much signing on fee’s they both got as they were free i’m sure it would be quite high.

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  • colwell

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Also it has nothing to do with the amount of players you sign look at Sunderland signed 11 players and only payed 2/3 what we did.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Agents and bankers are parasites

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  • seantoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    I bet Ben arfas agent fee’s were alot.

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  • markmac

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    just goes to show the ‘andy carroll’ money is being spent…well at least some of it

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the figure is rather high compared to other teams, but with Mike Ashley in charge, you know he club arn’t being taken on with agents. Mike would have ensured we wouldn’t have payed over the odds.

    Shame there isn’t another team in the PL that brought in 4 or 5 frees in the summer to compare us to, but i think Tottenham are by far the most suprising on the list. They bought Parker, got Adebayor on loan (No agent fee?!) and Friedel on a free. Agent fees: 7.5M!?!?

    Anyway, hope our agents fee figure already includes payments to the agents of Maiga, Papis Cisse, Pieters and a centre back to secure them for january.

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Also agent fees would have been payed to players being given new contracts such as:
    Tiote
    Jonas
    Sameobi
    Guthrie hasnt got one yet has he?!

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  • jakesome

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    are player not going to wisen up and represent themselves cut out the middle man, save their new club money ……thus getting higher wages. football agents for the most part are not needed and are delboy wannabe wheeler dealer scum bags

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  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Hey Ed I think you missed out the decimal points for the bottom three teams but still an interesting article. I just wondered if agent’s fees are a percentage of the transfer fee then how do they work it out for a free transfer such as Ba’s. Seems to me they think of a number and then double it using Ed’s decimal point notation 🙂 (Sorry Ed)

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  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Dec 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone remember the 4 year plan Ashley gave 3years ago ?
    Well he is bang on what he says he was goinga do for club! Look at our losses it’s gone done 30million! And we’re sitting in the top six, unbelievable.
    Pardew and Ashley’s army!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #34

    GT @ # 3

    What do you mean by “its also added in with the money payed on behalf of the players”

    Who paid what on behalf of the players?????

    If NUFC paid out money on behalf of the players then NUFC paid out all the agents fees which total almost six and a half mil.

    I really struggle to come to grasps with the constant knocking of the board and claims of how they are spending nowt, and pocketing all the money coming in.

    This is proof that the club is spending but you appear to be trying to diminish it.

    If you add this to the losses the club has been making, add that to the 130 mil plus that MA has advanced the club in interest free loans which in turn means he is losing about six mil plus per year in lost interest.

    Whichever way you look at it that all kinda rolls up into a lot of money the club is spending just to tread water.

    So really at the end of the day Newcastle as a club have paid about £6,380,488. Whichever way you cut it.

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