What Agents Take Out Of Newcastle United
Interesting to look at the figures of cash paid by Premier League clubs to agents in preparation for last season.
The figures relate to money paid out between Oct 1 2011 and Sept 30 2012, so basically the January and Summer transfer windows of 2012. In that time period Newcastle spent £3.5m, (on agents) with the vast majority of that no doubt relating to Papiss Cisse and Vurnon Anita, NUFC’s only two major purchases in that time.
In terms of money spent, Newcastle fell from 5th to 9th in those figures.
Newcastle’s lower spend on agents reflected the reduction in transfer activity.
Obviously the whole idea of so much money being taken out of football by agents is beyond the pale. A total of £77m paid by Premier League clubs, and ourselves as fans, which is over £5m more than the previous year.
Manchester City predictably are top of the table and Liverpool continue to do their bit for the agents union, plus QPR’s policy of buying aged Premiership players shows itself to have been a total disaster as the third top spenders, which is without taking into account the deals for Remy and Samba in January gone.
What will be interesting is what the figures for January 2013 and the current Summer window will show, depending to an extent on what transfer activity goes on in the next months, we will have a very good or exact figure as to how much Ashley was forced to shell out to agents when he panic-bought the five players (Sissoko, Mapou, Gouffran etc.) in January to avoid relegation, having made a total shambles of last summer’s activity when Anita was the only major purchase.
TOTAL MONEY SPENT ON AGENTS OCT 2011 – SEPT 2012
£10.5 Man. City
£4.4m West Ham
£3.6m Man. Utd
£3.5m Newcastle Utd
£1.3m West Brom
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