Pardew Slams Football Agents – Cut Them Out Of Deals


Demba Ba’s agents were not exactly professional in the way they tried to sell Demba Ba last summer and this month, when his release clause became active – so they could give themselves a good pay-day – for the third time in two years, after they were paid fees for his transfer to West Ham from Hoffenheim, then to Newcastle and now Chelsea – wonder how long it will be before they try to move him on from Chelsea?

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Alan Pardew –  new process could cut agents out of transfers

And it seems like Loic Remy representatives were not exactly above board with Newcastle, as they quietly talked to QPR without letting Newcastle know what was going on.

Football agents do not have a good name these days, and they are one reason that transfers have become just one of the dark sides of football.

This is what Alan said of transfers – and about trying to keep them secret:

“There’s no chance of keeping a secret, trust me. The way transfers are geared is that you’re not allowed to approach players, you have to go through an agent. Then it’s never secret.”

“I actually read that they’re trying to put a process together where clubs can have an internet system where it’s secure. You can put players who are available on there and talk to clubs directly. I think that’s a good idea, it would be nice to see that implemented.”

“Even in the summer I can’t remember too many transfers that don’t get bashed around every other club when you get near the end.”  “Trust me, these agents – some of them – don’t really care too much about distributing that information. They’re always looking for the best deal.”

That seems a good idea to have some confidentiality on transfers,  and it would put an end to football agents – which would be a very good thing for the game – and money would be saved by clubs that they have to pay out to agents these days, for rather dubious work.

We’d like to see that implemented or at least given a try – to see how it works.

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69 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    They should change the system to eb the same as it is for actors, you pay your agent a small percentage of your pay. Wonder how many footballers would still want agents then espiecally the more expensive ones.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    “They’re always looking for the best deal.”

    No shit Sherlock

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  • veto

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah he’s fine with them when they are doing their dirty deeds for our benefit

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Agents shouldn’t be anywhere near involved until a bid is actually accepted by the club.
    It would help the clubs keep things much more under wraps, but when the bid was accepted, the agents gets involved, there would still be speculation.
    But the player wouldn’t be sold by the agent before the club actually sold him.

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  • toon smart

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Danny Graham would be a good signing for the club as he would push the current strikers to perform better and he would set an example to the rest of the squad regarding what it means to play for a team you really want to play for – i think he would inspire some of the other players, which is what you need at this point in the season and when we are in the position we are in.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    in regards to Ngog he is the worst st i have seen play in the premier league for a long time the guy is just like willo in that i cant honestly see how they made it to a level even to league 1 let alone the premiership. I have been to many liverpool games as a large amount of my friends support liverpool and so if they had spare tickets mainly european games where ngog would start i would go. I used to laugh at how bed this gut was and take the piss big time. I would be distraught if we brought him in.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Well at least then we might actually get a surprising out of the blue transfer instead of the slow “bid sent, bid accepted, terms agreed medical due” We get now, kinda makes ITK’s pointless when you can see these things coming a mile away 😉

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Also Danny graham, although 10x the player ngog is would still be nowhere near the level of player we need. We also need a pacy hardworking type.

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  • Grafton83

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Everyone knows agents do very little actual work and get paid astronomic amounts which removes money from the game.

    Give it 25 years and fifa might actual decide to tackle the issue, I mean they’re moving at the speed of lightning to tackle other issues such as racism and goal line technology. Gotta love those hard workign souls at the top of the game

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    proudtobageordie // Jan 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    To be honest I don’t think pardew has a clue what is going on regards transfers

    People in glass houses mate

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  • toon smart

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    @TS

    Mittal has been co-owner since 2008, he could have invested then, he could have got a better manager then but he hasn’t done this. I think he is very much a back seat co-owner and it Fernades who is doing the spending at the moment.

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  • Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    They have 31 days to get players in no ficking excuse now their saying 2 players in when we need 5 what a load of swallocks !

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  • masterp1983

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Please please can we put in an offer for Darren bent!! I’m sure he is available and would really help us. If not him anelka till end of season. Then Graham. Would prefer a pacey striker like Bellamy but who else is available now???

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  • richyg01

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    @14

    I would second that shout for Bent like.

    Even bring in Graham and Bent.

    How about Stuart Downing, Livepoo have said he can leave.

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  • toon smart

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    @NUFC-83

    I think the most important quality we need on a player now is the will to bust a nut for the team. I think Danny Graham will do that and get some goals too. A pacy striker would help but don’t under-estimate the effect a passionate player can have on the rest of the team.

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  • nufc1984

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is starting to really pee me off with his constant verbal diarrhoea! One minute it’s close on 3-4 and next we need a couple of players. It’s a disgrace. He should just keep his trap shut or make comments that don’t build the fans hopes up. Starting to really dislike the ongoing garbage at this once Great club. Don’t even like walking into stadium as much as I used to. All seems a bit down and depressing. I long for a rich Arab!!

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Wwycd
    what

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  • headtheball

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    He asks us to trust him. Well I used to but not for a long time.Trust should be earned.
    We are working hard? Same old same old.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Strange Pardrip has said he has been on a coaching course this week, all sounds quite bizarre, think he might have been more useful sorting out how we are going to pass the ball about on saturday or maybe get involved in some recruitment. Maybe even try and convince some decent CB to join the club, oh no we dont need one as Saylor is back, for at least 2 games. pfffttttt……..

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    http://www.westlondonsport.com/qpr/west-london-sport-qpr/remy-decision-to-join-qpr-not-based-on-money-in-any-way
    ahahahaahahaha we should of sined him at any expence as the lad would have had the dressing room in stitches (great for moral).

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    wow new signing saylor could feature

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  • richyg01

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    HR – Remy chose us over Newcastle because he was worried they would play him out wide. We will play him through the middle, that’s his best position.

    From SSN

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Danny Graham would be a decent buy. Should still sign another striker aswell as Graham. Gary Hooper would probably be my choice.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Norwich has lodged a £5M bid for Graham according to SSN.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #27

    We need defenders desperately

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza

    I was pointing out what he has to choose from generally and a lot of other managers would kill for the quality we have assembled.

    Sorry for being silly, I do apologise

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Ffs I got the remy thing completly wrong. I’m not the only one to do this. Move on its starting to get boring now.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    According to reports from France in L’Equipe, Chelsea could be ready to let Florent Malouda leave Stamford Bridge in January as a free agent. The out-of-favour French international still has six months remaining on his contract but has not featured for the Blues since coming on as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich back in May. (SSN)

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    if we see arry as a wheeler dealer everyone must see llambarse as a wannabe 60s gangaster a poor one at that

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Proud
    Someone who claims to know our transfer dealings (incorrectly) saying anyone else knows nothing about our transfer dealings… strikes me as a little iffy

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #33

    @NUFC1984 @18

    I try every time the shiekh comes to the hotel here to convince him to buy Newcastle, he is into football but just laughs it off. Really dont think he thinks Im serious!!!

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #34

    ngog is same kind of style player as remy as in behind the striker in a creative more than a scoring mould so maybe they have a type of player they want to assist cisse i think 2mil for ngog is a great buy 23 is a decent player (much underated) he’s quite fast aswell and has a decent shot and worst case senario he would be great squad player def better than shola.
    think about it if we go for a big target man striker it will be longball football being played best to keep it on the floor as we are not too good in the air.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #35

    nufc1984

    could have had one (the city owners) if ashley wasn’t so greedy.

    it’s now obvious that us and rangers are just flag flying marketing opportunities for sports direct and as long as we don’t get relegated he couldn’t give a …

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Alderweireld, Sissoko and 2 strikers need to be signed otherwise we’re in trouble.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Cheer up Butler you big angry bear.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Football fans amaze me. Last year, all was good, pardew had surprised everyone and done well. Poor start to this season, most to do with bad luck on injuries on our paper thin squad. Pardew has had NO ONE to choose from, has had to play people out of position, I’d I’d say 75 percent of our games. The game where ba was dropped last min, he had the team set up with him in it, so had to stick with what they’d trained for. Now this is due to not enough players signed. We KNOW that’s the boards fault. Pardew can’t have a plan B, because there is no personel at all to implement it. Alex fergusson would struggle with the players we have available.

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #39

    And we will have another 7 years of this sh!t… Jesus F Christ. I already can’t stand Pardew… I vomit every time when saw him.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Ketsbaia… Are you a parrot?

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