Newcastle paid out over £7M on agents fees over the last year – from October 1st last year through the end of September this year – and you have to think we paid that out to get five French players through the door in January, but that’s a lot of money to pay agents, who are getting rich off their clients.
Joe Kinnear – now in charge of transfers at Newcastle
Each Premier League club has to publish the amount they spend on agents, and Newcastle issued this statement yesterday:
In line with Regulation G.15 of The Football Association Agents’ Regulation, which states:
“Clubs shall make publicly available on or before 30 November each year, the total amount of the payments made by the Club to Authorized Agents and Exempt Solicitors during the period 1 October of the previous year to 30 September of that year,”
Newcastle United hereby confirm the following information – Payments to Agents – 2012/13
Total amount paid to agents in the period 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013: £7,294,018.
The amount shown is the aggregate of all payments made to agents during the reporting period for agency activity, including payments made by the club on behalf of players.
So you just wonder how much Bafe Gomis’ agent(s) were asking for him to be transferred from Lyon to Newcastle in the summer, and it’s something that Newcastle balked at – but it seems they paid out over £7M to agents to get six Frenchmen into the club this year.
The 20 Premier League clubs shelled out a total of £96M in agents fees, with Chelsea topping the list at £13,721,721, Manchester City at £11,179,817, with Tottenham and Liverpool next at £9,787,676 and £9,400,973.
Newcastle are next in the list – which follows:
Here is the full list:
Manchester City £11,179,817
Manchester United £4,317,690
West Ham £4,169,134
Aston Villa £3,358,628
West Brom £2,211,054
Crystal Palace £869,531
We’ve said a few times we think agents are ruining the game of football, as they make huge amounts of money off their clients, and it would be good to see the authorities try to limit these fees paid out.
That would be the hope – but these figures do suggest Newcastle are willing to pay the money to get their targets.
What do you think?
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