Agent expenses up sixty per cent

Last updated : 14 January 2005 By Richard Brown

The report, that outlined a national increase in agent fees, was issued yesterday, little under a fortnight after the transfer window re-opened, with alarming results.

Enough said
The Magpies, who made a grand total of nine permanent signings between June and December, are reported to have shelled out £13,000 to middle-men within this period, up five thousand pounds on the previous half-year total.

The additions of Glynn Hurst, Gavin Gordon and Julien Baudet, to name but few, underlines the freedom of players under the Bosman ruling, allowing players to move freely between clubs whilst out of contract for no fee whatsoever, let alone the instrumental role of player agents within the modern game.

A scary thought, considering recent financial problems for the club.

It is certainly one that cannot be ignored, and it is a worrying sign that, not only Notts, but the majority of the entire Football League, are giving away money to players' representatives.

It is certainly a problem the game can do without.