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Agents' fee report

9 August 2012

Latics pay out £13,640

In the case of Latics, the money covered a total of 33 transactions which comprised 14 signings, two updated contracts, five cancelled contracts and 12 loans. 

Latics were sixth lowest in the league table paying only a fraction of the £332,620 that Sheffield Wednesday handed over to agents. Seven clubs in League One paid out six-figure sums.

Latics paid agents £13,640 during the 2011/12 season according to the latest publication of spending on agents' fees by Football League clubs which reveals that clubs committed a total of £21.7m during the 2011/12 season.


Championship clubs accounted for £18.7m of the total, with League One and League Two clubs spending £1.8m and £0.9m respectively. Clubs committed to pay agents in 702 (22%) of the 3,144 player transactions that took place.


Five clubs did not spend any money on agents’ fees during 2011/12 (Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra) while a further 22 clubs spent less than £25,000.


In announcing the figures Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: While £21m is a lot of money leaving the game, it should also be noted that a considerable amount of this total has been spent by a small number of clubs. In fact, almost a fifth of the overall figure was spent by one club alone."


“Where such spending forms part of a sustainable business plan it shouldn’t be of great concern and supporters should be encouraged to see our clubs committing themselves to the new Financial Fair Play regulations that will take effect across all three divisions in the new season.


“In time, these rules will require clubs to be more circumspect with regard to their spending and may help reduce the costs incurred in this area.”


The Football League(2010/11 figures in brackets)


      ·Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 Football League clubs engaged in 3,144 (2,910) player transactions (new registrations/ player transfers, contract updates, contract cancellations and loans)


Cl   Clubs agreed to pay an agent in 702 (570) of those transactions


Thirteen (twenty two) clubs paid less than £10,000 to agents and 27 (29) clubs paid less than £25,000, Latics included.

Five clubs (eight) did not commit any money to agents. They were Hartlepool, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Crewe

Le  League clubs committed to pay £21,672,010 (£16,658,976) on agents’ fees in the reporting period

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        ·There were 1,197 (1,125) player transactions in 2011/12 of which 406 (328) included the use of an agent.

        ·Championship clubs committed to pay £18,704,976 in agents’ fees compared with £14,089,702 in the previous year.

        ·As is 2010/11, all 24 clubs committed to pay an agent.

League 1


        ·935 (952) player transactions took place in League 1 during this reporting period.  Of those 175 (176) involved the use of an agent.

        · Hartlepool did not commit any money in agents' fees for the second successive year and were the only club in League One to do so.

Clubs committed to pay £1,779,636 (£2,347,749) in agents’ fees.



League 2


        ·1,012 (833) player transactions took place of which 121 (66) involved the use of agent.

        ·Clubs agreed to pay £971,365 (£221,525) in agents’ fees.

        ·Four clubs (seven) committed no money to agent’s fees.  They were Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra.

New Member clubs


        ·No money was committed to agents by clubs joining The Football League in June 2012

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