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Man City pay 9 times more on agents fees

Premier League clubs have revealed how much they have spent on agents fees over the past 12 months and unsurprisingly Manchester City and Tottenham head the table.

In total almost 72million was spent on agents during the period between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.

It's fair to say most of us do not like football agents, they unsettle players and get their clients to move solely so they can rake in more cash with signing on fees.

However just like estate agents, it would appear they are a necessary evil in today's game.

Thankfully though according to Wolves Official Website we haven't been dragged into paying such big fees in comparison to the rest of the Premier League.

Now while you might think that's because we haven't been signing dozens of players like Manchester City, the payments also include contract renewals, which we have done a fair bit of.

But thanks to the Daily Mail who have reported a list of all 20 Premier League teams we can see that Manchester City paid out 9,663,700 on agents, that incredibly is almost nine times higher than our figure of 1,107,918.

Tottenham paid out 7.5million, Liverpool 7million, Chelsea 6.5million, the list goes on.

We actually paid out the fifth lowest figure in the Premier League with only Fulham, Norwich, Wigan and Swansea paying out less.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 1 2011

Time: 10:04AM

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Quite pleased with our figure in comparison to others.
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01/12/2011 10:06:00

the figures are published on the Premiership website - don't expect any real research from the Daily Mail. I wonder if Akela is as satisfied with Wolves League position? I'd have thought it obvious that the big transfers involve the biggest agents fees. Pay peanuts - get monkeys!
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01/12/2011 10:30:00

I would only be pleased with our figures, if we were performing at a PL level. We aren't and that is a direct result of our penny-pinching policy and an irrational hope that somehow we can muddle through. While we shouldn't act in a reckless fashion, we have the means significantly to improve our squad ... but up to now we have chosen not to do so. Indeed, MM allegedly turned down money in the summer, arguably because he prefers to work with docile players, who 'put in a shift' even if they lack star quality. For this reason, I would welcome his replacement by someone like O'Neill, who would insist on the promise of sufficient funds to put together a viable PL squad. Of course, in the meantime Sunderland might offer him a contract. Had Bruce achieved the same results at Sunderland over the last two years as MM had obtained at WW, he would have been sacked long ago. It will be interesting to compare the fortunes of the two clubs over the course of the season. If I am proved wrong, I will whole-heartedly acknowledge my mistake but I expect a desperate fight for survival at best.
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01/12/2011 10:58:00

What does "...spent on..." actually mean? If the agents are paid a percentage based on transfer fees etc. then you'd expect the biggest spenders to be paying most to agents.But why would the club make a payment to an agent at all?Surely the agent is employed by the player.I should imagine that show-biz agents would be more appropriate for half our team anyway.
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01/12/2011 11:08:00

You get what you pay for.
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01/12/2011 13:08:00

According to reports O'Neill's going to Sunderland, so the closest we will get to him will be that he will be sitting in the stand on Sunday watching.If we cant beat a managerless club at home in turmoil then we really will be in trouble,sometimes luck plays a part in your season,better to play them now rather than later when they 'should' have improved.I have said all along from last season that I would give Merlin and Coco until xmas to get it right,that time is nearly upon us and if he can win the next three home games and get us near the twenty point mark they still have a chance. Failure on sunday would not be the end, but perhaps the beginning of the end and lead to a long drawn out battle of survival which of course we are all used to!!!.The 18 point mark reached last years end would be the bare minimum required, a draw and two wins against the three home opponents would give us that figure but will it be enough?,we also take on Bolton away on new years eve,that could be another huge six pointer by then,I do however feel that Bolton are in a false position and will pull clear over the next few weeks,hopefully we will be able to join them?UTW.
Crete Wolf
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02/12/2011 08:55:00

rhaigh and jackblue there doesn't necessarily have to be a correlation between spending money on players wages/transfers and agents fees. Blackpool for example have refused to pay money to agents for years and won promotion to the Premier League and were competitive in the league, they might have gone down but they didn't get turned over every week.
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02/12/2011 08:56:00

They performed almost as well as we did and with poorer resources. If we had had Ian Holloway as our manager, would we be in a better position now? Akela's post suggests that we would and it's a question we might have to consider should we continue to struggle over the next few weeks.
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02/12/2011 10:25:00

Steady on southbank, that's a rather large leap you have taken to come to that conclusion. I merely pointed out that there is no correlation between agency fees spending and the quality of performance on the pitch.
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02/12/2011 11:21:00

Akela: you did but, having implied that Blackpool made it more difficult for themselves, you added a positive gloss with the phrases 'won promotion to the PL', 'were competitive in the league' and 'didn't get turned over every week'. From your post, one might assume that they made exceptionally good use of the comparatively slim resources at their disposal. The question I posed was the extent to which this was due to Ian Holloway's management of the club.
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