Earlier today (Tuesday) it was revealed that Newcastle United had paid a remarkable £7,409,760 in agents fees/to intermediaries in a 12 month period which included the last two transfer windows.

The period the figures were released for was 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018.

These two transfer windows were after Newcastle United’s promotion back to the Premier League.

All intermediary and agents’ fees paid by clubs during the period 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 via the FA’s clearing account:

agents fees

In a separate document issued by the FA, they list all the deals for each club, where that club used (and presumably paid!) an agent to do work for them.

The vast majority are when players are brought in but clubs also use/pay agents to help facilitate outgoing deals as well, plus giving existing players new contracts.

Listed below are all 21 times Newcastle used agents in that 12 month period.

The 21 times agents were used by Newcastle United included:

Five of the senior signings last summer – Lejeune, Merino, Manquillo, Lejeune and Murphy.

The exception is Christian Atsu, although the use/payment of an agent by NUFC for the winger was including last year, when he arrived on the initial loan in August 2016.

All three January 2018 loan signings are listed – Dubravka, Kenedy and Slimani.

When current NUFC players agreed new contracts – Lascelles and Dummett.

Outgoing – The loan of Henri Saivet out to Turkey in January also shows an agent used by NUFC.

Young players signed – Bartlett, Yarney etc.

Information released by the FA:

Intermediary Transactions 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018

The information below represents all Transactions involving Clubs where an Intermediary was used from 1st February 2017 to 31st January 2018.

This information has been made publicly available in accordance with the requirements of the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries and The FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries’

agents fees

Sadly, the clubs have no obligation to reveal how much was actually spent on each deal – so no idea of what cash was spent on each deal/transaction.



  • The Vicar

    We seem to be midway for EPL clubs. That would seem ok so long as we had as much transfer activity as the others, which was not the case. So on that basis it looks like we have overpaid. If the £7.4m was for £300m worth of deals then fine, but as a proportion to what we’ve done it looks high.

    I wonder how much the seeming disorganisation of the administrative side of the business means the cost is high. If we do our larger and therefore more expensive deals later on, then it will cost us more because we are ill prepared, and that is down to the owner.

    • thewildchimp

      It’s all murky business.

      • The Vicar

        I know, I know. All that staying in 5-star hotels, jetting around the world to the nicest places. It’s a difficult job but someone has to do it.

        My only problem is, “why is it not us doing this stuff Wild Person?” I could do with a job like that.

        • thewildchimp

          Haha, word!
          But there’s also inevitable dealing with the mobsters, fixing games and some plain ol’ @ss-kissing to the likes of our owners. That “bonus” work I could pass. :)

          • The Vicar

            Yes, put like that I suppose.
            My job? Pay is sh?te but the benefits are out of this world. Sort of reverse football agent.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      We were middling in summer transfers and had more activity in the January, that seems about right.

      Your argument seems a lame attempt at blaming the owner.

      • The Vicar

        He’s responsible for how the club operates so the attempt is not lame at all. He gets credit for hiring Benitez but he does not get credit for screwing up the money side of things and getting the processes wrong.

        He bought NUFC with good intentions, but along the way he has had bad advice and has fallen out with the club. I used to make excuses for him but he is now beyond the point where it is possible to make excuses.

        My worry is that we get someone even worse … now many but they are around: note sunlun.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          To an extent I agree with you but in this example, you are barking up the wrong tree. Our transfer and loan activity was a little more than most clubs in the division (despite the myttlhs perpetuated by this e-zine) so to find our agent’s costs to be a little higher than most clubs is not surprising.

  • Tony Mann

    What happened to shouting down the pit – ‘Get ya boots on, ya playin’?
    Forgot – no pits anymore.

  • Andy Mac

    £7.5m would pay for the Academy for a year and more………..

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      It may but if you have transfer activity, you have to pay agents.

      • Mark Potter

        And sometimes, as the figures show, pay them for largely untested kids.

        Any way, nothing unusual in all of this. Plenty of recruitment agents make a fortune acting as the middle man in putting people with businesses. Many sectors of industry there is little direct recruitment of managers and professionals, where HR staff place their own adverts etc. It’s nearly always done through agencies.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Again, absolutely. As someone who was recruiting last year and fed up of paying agents, our company tried to do it ourselves, it costs time and money, agents may not be that bad a thing.

          I’m not sure of the criterion for that list, we’ve clearly paid an agent to renegotiate contracts so we have on the list players from Tom Heardman to Lascelles.

  • TheNutJob

    Mitro scores again from 25 yards, not doing bad for a player that can`t score in the championship & can`t be trusted to last the game out.
    left out for 21 games in favour of the Hoss
    tut, tut

    • steve

      And Fulham fans raving about the work rate and defensive work he supposedly doesn’t do.

      • thewildchimp

        A total waste of space, I’ve always said…

      • TheNutJob

        and man of the match

    • Clarko

      He scored from inside the 18 yard box…

      • TheNutJob

        thanks,, got that Clarko

        • Clarko

          If the “commentator said 20” (which is wrong) why did you say 25 yards? Again, like everything you say, it’s just nonsense, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Wor Lass

        It bent a lot.

    • Ba ba.

      I think we’ve done this one to death now.

      • TheNutJob

        He`s still a Newcastle player and you`ll be reading all about it on here today

        • Ba ba.

          Yes I know

    • HarryHype59

      I would have played him on Saturday instead of Gayle.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So the Mag want us to compete with the top clubs Jezza and Leazes and the rest.
    When we spend money on agent fees to compete the Mag complains you are so pathetic.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Does that £7.4 million include payments to HMRC ?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      No, obviously.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Only joking…….anything due to HMRC would have been paid obviously…….our little friend would have seen to that🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓

      • Mark Potter

        Not obvious. If the agency is in the UK and VAT registered, then the invoice could include VAT. Of course, in that case the club would be paying it, so could offset that against their overall HMRC bill.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          fair point but he net amount would be reported.

  • Wor Lass

    If you were lucky enough to have the talent to be hawked around the top clubs – clubs which often collect players like Panini stickers and treat them with less regard – would you carry out those multi-million pound deals yourself or would you employ an expert who you trust? “Oh, what`s that, Mike? Youll give me a grand a week and a lifetime`s supply of Sh*te Direct mugs! Where do I sign?”. Yeah.

    • TheNutJob

      Bonjour
      🐸

      • Wor Lass

        Buenos dias Nuesca, amigo!

        • TheNutJob

          Hola, wor kids trolling me, was using his laptop on Sunday & the touch screen went pear shaped, i`m getting the blame
          😂😂

  • kingfisher

    Even without playing last night, the great unwashed cave dwellers have brightened up this grey and wet morning no end.
    Birmingham won last night, which means our neighbours are 8 ( yes, that’s 8) points from safety with the worst goal difference in the league !
    Sunderland = The club that just keeps on giving 😀😁😂🤣

  • HarryHype59

    The use of agents needs to be investigated by the football authorities and HMRC

    The hapless Mackems, have contrived to spend over £4m on agents this season, whilst only spending £1.25m on actual transfers.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Agents work in both ways, in some cases they work harder for the selling / loaning club that they do for the buyer. If you are moving house, who pays the agent.

      • HarryHype59

        Selling maybe but loans? It is like me borrowing your car then getting you to pay a third party for me using it.

        • thewildchimp

          A bunch of leeches creating a closed circle and profiting off a different bunch of small-town boys wanting to be millionaires. Some are probably great people, but most aren’t.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I would be surprised if Leicester didn’t pay an agent fee for Slimani as well. Jezza reckoned Leicester were paying all his wages and we aren’t going to play him in the first team, I don;t know what I saw on Saturday.