Mike Ashley Massive Payments To Agents Shock
It has now been revealed just how much Mike Ashley’s payments to agents were last Christmas.
The figures involved maybe proving to be a key factor in the turmoil the club ended up in this summer when Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear and Derek Llambias walked out.
Rumours were rife that the Newcastle owner was furious that despite the January spending on the five French players (Mapou, Debuchy, Gouffran, Haidara & Sissoko), United had still been in relegation trouble with two matches to go. With Ashley then apparently not impressed with being told he’d have to spend more in the summer just gone if Newcastle were going to be ok this current season.
Obviously the amounts of money spent on transfer fees alone weren’t trivial, despite fans believing that certainly the likes of Gouffran and Sissoko had been bought as relative bargains.
However, the total spent on agents fees must have also been a massive black spot against his management team, considering the overall spending didn’t comfortably pull United clear of relegation trouble.
The totals below are the amounts spent by Premier League clubs on agents from 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013, with the only other significant amount outside of that January spending being possibly an outlay in relation to Loic Remy, though exactly what payments to agents there are on loan deals is open to question.
The overall total spent was £96,673,089 and these are the individual club totals;
Manchester City: £11,179,817
Newcastle United: £7,294,018
Manchester United: £4,317,690
West ham: £4,169,134
Aston Villa: £3,358,628
Stoke City: £3,191,808
Norwich City: £2,308,987
Cardiff City: £2,225,582
West Brom: £2,211,054
Hull City: £1,825,718
Swansea City: £1,484,878
Crystal Palace: £869,531
The figures make compulsive reading and Newcastle United fifth top placing in the table will shock many fans.
When you compare Ashley’s payments to agents with both Tottenham and Swansea it throws up some interesting questions.
Swansea have spent significantly this summer, including the high profile capture of Bony, yet they are second bottom of the spending table on agents. This suggests that the Welsh club’s approach to their transfer strategy is a polar opposite to Newcastle’s seeming over reliance on agents.
With Tottenham as well, the London club spent over £100m on transfers this summer and yet their spending was only a couple of million more on agents than Newcastle’s.
Sunderland’s appearance in seventh also shows the price they had to pay, in more ways than one, with the wholesale changes in the summer.
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