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Boro1981Boro Posted on 10/08/2018 19:37
Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?
 
 
Looking over the past few years in the transfer market, who is really the big winners ? And they do nothing but snake around....
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glover_elbow Posted on 10/08/2018 19:44

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Yes but they are part of the game now. it won't change if every club in the premiership and championship are accepting paying these fees then we are at a disadvantage. whilst it may look admirable Gibson's stance it won't change fýck all the only consequence is we will lose out on players like besic.
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swordtrombonefish Posted on 10/08/2018 19:44

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Trump
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 10/08/2018 19:48

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Yes lots - the police force spring to mind immediately



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jeff_potato Posted on 10/08/2018 19:50

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Dictators and their crony regimes make them look like saintly aid workers in a disaster zone... Oh wait, that's a bad analogy these days...
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 10/08/2018 19:51

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Any Tory MP or voter.
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Boro1981Boro Posted on 10/08/2018 19:53

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Just really annoys me that some f%t middle
Man can get in the way of so many transfers 😡
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chopper Posted on 10/08/2018 20:02

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Harry Rednapp
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1finny Posted on 10/08/2018 20:08

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Philip Green
I win [;)]
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pork_pie Posted on 10/08/2018 20:11

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Diego Maradona....I beat ya! [;)]
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 10/08/2018 20:22

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
The football industry is rife with it.
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Exiled_in_Herford Posted on 10/08/2018 20:23

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Tony Blair
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whinneybanksaint Posted on 10/08/2018 20:24

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Why cant they be regulated and a set scale of charges introduced ??
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Viewfromthewest Posted on 10/08/2018 21:03

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Some of the sums involved in the big deals are frightening, I read about the Pogba transfer to Man U, supposedly his agent trousered up to 41m!, obviously it's in the agents interest to keep his player moving clubs.
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PRIORYMAN Posted on 10/08/2018 21:32

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Steve Gibson is an innovator and visionary. Always has been, always will be.

He leads where others follow.

Maybe his stance on agents will provoke debate, raise the profile of how agents are ripping off clubs (and supporters) and be the catalyst for change.
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glover_elbow Posted on 10/08/2018 21:34

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†Steve Gibson is an innovator and visionary.

What a load of twaddle [:D]
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billybob Posted on 10/08/2018 21:39

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Innovator and Visionary [:D]

At least after yesterday that's provided a few laughs. If I didn't know any better I'd say Prioryman is related to Gibson.

Is he being innovative by thinking he can pocket £40 million quid, have a team play without wingers and still get promoted?
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 11/08/2018 03:23

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Yes, estate agents, because not everyone needs a footballer but everyone needs a house.
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Northoftheriver Posted on 11/08/2018 04:24

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
"obviously it's in the agents interest to keep his player moving clubs."

and therein lies the problem, they need to be limited, and putting a flat rate on what they can charge might do that, but it could also end up meaning they try and generate more revenue by unsettling players into wanting to move more often so what do you do.
Possibly one way would be to ban them from charging fees for arranging transfers and negotiating deals and only let them earn their money through a set % of their clients earnings, and records kept of every dealing with their client so that they can be randomly checked at any time to make sure they are working in their clients interests, not their own.
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billyred Posted on 11/08/2018 06:23

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Every politician [:(!]
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streetwise Posted on 11/08/2018 06:40

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Not just any politician. How about a Labour Prime Minister who encourages his son to be a football agent. [:D]
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CasinoGrande Posted on 11/08/2018 07:08

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Just to be pedantic, I think venal is the word that best describes em.
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American_Mary Posted on 11/08/2018 08:24

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
There are good and bad as in all walks of life, and letís be honest simple measures and regulations could and should be enforced by FIFA and UEFA that would give clarity on all deals.

1. Only one agent, representing the player, is allowed, clubs interests can only be looked after by an appointed representative.

2. The agent of the player would receive 5% of any transfer fee paid, including clauses when they were activated, this would be paid by the buying club. Any additional payments by the buying club to the agent would lead to penalties that would range from fines, player suspensions and ultimately transfer embargoes.

3. The agent would receive 5% of any wages, signing on fees, bonuses, etc that the player receives from the club for the term of his negotiated contract, transgressing these rules would lead to fines and ultimately loss of licenes for agents.

To me itís really that easy simply enforce the above and the fees for agents become consistent and clear.
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joseph99 Posted on 11/08/2018 08:36

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
I can see the sense in a player using an agent as these deals can be complex, require contractual negotiations and it works both ways. Players don't want to be screwed just as much as clubs. Players generally are not that bright so reading a proposed contract would be difficult for them to do it independently. Agents expecting a 5 to 10% fee is quite normal outside of football.
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Greenandblack Posted on 11/08/2018 09:02

Is there anyone more corrupt than a football agent ?

 
Agents should only be paid by the player. As soon as football clubs start paying them, there are conflicts of interests.

If you buy a house, you don't pay the estate agent's fees.
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Northoftheriver Posted on 11/08/2018 09:10

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Mary, those rules would work but there would also need to be something to stop them unilaterally touting their clients around without the players current club knowing in order to generate more transfers, and therefore more profit for themselves, as this seems to be part of the problem.
Prohibitions and punishments need to be in place to discourage this practice, which everyone knows goes on.
Another problem is, as I heard on the radio the other day, is that Fifa (that paragon of virtue) has recently further deregulated agents, leaving them with FEWER rules governing their practices, when there needs to be more. A lot more!
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