Blackburn Rovers blog: Transfer market will never be same again

IN a day and age where footballers are on thousands of pounds a week and cost clubs millions upon millions, it is no surprise players are quick to seek representation.

Before the growth of football agents, the clubs had all the power. What they said ruled and, if a player didn’t like it, there wasn’t a lot they could do about it. It was their way or the highway.

Now clubs appear to have lost all power to the players and a main driving force in that transition appears to be the role of the football agent.

Agents have a bad name among many supporters - and in many boardrooms - as their push for their players’ interests often is seen as making sure they look after themselves as well.

It is important not to generalise about agents. There are many upstanding individuals who look after their client well and who are respected and trusted by the clubs they serve. There are probably more like than that the bad eggs. Sadly there are far too many who aren’t good for the game.

The growth of unlicensed agents in the game is ridiculous with the people brokering some deals picking up handsome amounts of money for doing very little.

It is often difficult to work out who is actually working for a player, with many having numerous representatives claiming to be working for them.

When Rovers were looking for a new manager, they were contacted by seven separate agents claiming to be representing Sven Goran Erikkson.

He isn’t the only one either. It seems tell a player you can get him the most money and you are on board.

When Chris Samba was at Rovers it felt like he had a different agent every week.

Rovers have certainly spent their fair share of money on agents over the past few years, too much many would say - especially during Venky’s tenure.

Why shouldn’t players have representation if they see fit? If they feel they aren’t qualified to look after the money side of things then of course employ someone who can.

But why should football clubs have to foot the bill? It seems agents get the best of both worlds at the moment.

It would probably never work but, if a player wants an agent then why doesn’t he solely foot the bill and pay for him out of his own salary.

Harry Redknapp described the agent world as ‘gang warfare’ and you can see what he means.

Forget the jokes about Rovers’ fax machine not working, the attempts to sign Jerome Thomas and DJ Campbell would have gone through in plenty of time had it not been apparently for the agents.

Fair enough, they were working to get the best for their player but surely there is an easier way to do business?

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8:24am Thu 7 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy.

Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .
That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy. Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything . greenscreener

8:34am Thu 7 Feb 13

French Rover says...

I know of at least two people who don't have agents - Michael Appleton and me....what about you greenscreener?
I know of at least two people who don't have agents - Michael Appleton and me....what about you greenscreener? French Rover

8:39am Thu 7 Feb 13

lusorover says...

Rovers' representatives in the transfer window have been around long enough to have made sure that no drawn out attempts by agents to get the 'best' deal for their clients (themselves) would scupper a deal.

If they are not up to this critical aspect of their jobs then they should not be there.

It's a hard world for everybody these days, ask Henning Berg, and the senior administrators at Ewood need to perform to the same level that the manager and fans demand of the players.

Only by everybody putting in a shift and pulling in the same direction will we halt the decline.

Appleton appears to have made an excellent start and he needs everyone else, directors and fans included, to move forward with him.
Rovers' representatives in the transfer window have been around long enough to have made sure that no drawn out attempts by agents to get the 'best' deal for their clients (themselves) would scupper a deal. If they are not up to this critical aspect of their jobs then they should not be there. It's a hard world for everybody these days, ask Henning Berg, and the senior administrators at Ewood need to perform to the same level that the manager and fans demand of the players. Only by everybody putting in a shift and pulling in the same direction will we halt the decline. Appleton appears to have made an excellent start and he needs everyone else, directors and fans included, to move forward with him. lusorover

9:01am Thu 7 Feb 13

fitz808 says...

lusorover wrote:
Rovers' representatives in the transfer window have been around long enough to have made sure that no drawn out attempts by agents to get the 'best' deal for their clients (themselves) would scupper a deal.

If they are not up to this critical aspect of their jobs then they should not be there.

It's a hard world for everybody these days, ask Henning Berg, and the senior administrators at Ewood need to perform to the same level that the manager and fans demand of the players.

Only by everybody putting in a shift and pulling in the same direction will we halt the decline.

Appleton appears to have made an excellent start and he needs everyone else, directors and fans included, to move forward with him.
an interesting point luso, but without knowing the full details of what was going on, it's hard to be fully critical of those at the club that were involved in the (non)transfer fiasco.
largely, there seems to be a bit more clarity of thought and direction at the club, and when you also consider that appleton was quite fresh into the club at that point and needed to evaluate the squad, i don't think we could have expected a convincing deadline day.
the current philosophy of balancing the squad seems sensible, and even after failing to sign anyone of note, i still don't think we look that much weaker than we did on 30th Jan.
[quote][p][bold]lusorover[/bold] wrote: Rovers' representatives in the transfer window have been around long enough to have made sure that no drawn out attempts by agents to get the 'best' deal for their clients (themselves) would scupper a deal. If they are not up to this critical aspect of their jobs then they should not be there. It's a hard world for everybody these days, ask Henning Berg, and the senior administrators at Ewood need to perform to the same level that the manager and fans demand of the players. Only by everybody putting in a shift and pulling in the same direction will we halt the decline. Appleton appears to have made an excellent start and he needs everyone else, directors and fans included, to move forward with him.[/p][/quote]an interesting point luso, but without knowing the full details of what was going on, it's hard to be fully critical of those at the club that were involved in the (non)transfer fiasco. largely, there seems to be a bit more clarity of thought and direction at the club, and when you also consider that appleton was quite fresh into the club at that point and needed to evaluate the squad, i don't think we could have expected a convincing deadline day. the current philosophy of balancing the squad seems sensible, and even after failing to sign anyone of note, i still don't think we look that much weaker than we did on 30th Jan. fitz808

9:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

bburnrover says...

Apparently lots of deals broke down due to agents asking absorbitent fees.I think the Govenment should look into the system and ensure the FA brings in stringent guidelines on percentages available to agents so that clubs are not held to ransom like QPR were because of their desperate situation.
Apparently lots of deals broke down due to agents asking absorbitent fees.I think the Govenment should look into the system and ensure the FA brings in stringent guidelines on percentages available to agents so that clubs are not held to ransom like QPR were because of their desperate situation. bburnrover

9:41am Thu 7 Feb 13

jeppo says...

Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through!
.

Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!!
.
Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals...
.
(others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint)
Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through! . Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!! . Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals... . (others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint) jeppo

11:07am Thu 7 Feb 13

owd nick says...

jeppo wrote:
Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through!
.

Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!!
.
Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals...
.
(others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint)
Good comments.

Its actually good business, if we do sign them on loan we can have a good look at them, if they are ok offer them a contract at the end of the season, if not, bye, look somewhere else.

Not stuck with an average player on a 2 or 3 year contract we can't get rid of.
[quote][p][bold]jeppo[/bold] wrote: Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through! . Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!! . Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals... . (others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint)[/p][/quote]Good comments. Its actually good business, if we do sign them on loan we can have a good look at them, if they are ok offer them a contract at the end of the season, if not, bye, look somewhere else. Not stuck with an average player on a 2 or 3 year contract we can't get rid of. owd nick

2:00pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Neilb13 says...

greenscreener wrote:
That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy.

Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .
Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy. Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .[/p][/quote]Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man Neilb13

2:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

If it was the agents' fault that the deal cpllapsed it looks like he got his come -uppance. No deal - no commission. Shame.
If it was the agents' fault that the deal cpllapsed it looks like he got his come -uppance. No deal - no commission. Shame. Is Eckersley playing?

4:36pm Thu 7 Feb 13

srvp28 says...

jeppo wrote:
Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through! . Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!! . Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals... . (others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint)
I agree, loan deals are better than permanent signings in the January transfer window. However, I think you're reading way too much into the events that unfolded on transfer deadline day.
[quote][p][bold]jeppo[/bold] wrote: Rather than dodgy agents, It looks to me as if Rovers have played a very shrewd game with the Campbell and Thomas deals. By securing the clubs and players in talks for most of deadline day, they prevented deals going through elsewhere for these players and then...whoops...the paperwork didnt go through! . Never mind West Brom/QPR, we'll take these players on loan for 3 months and see whether it gets us into the play offs. If it does, we'll extend the loan and make a decision once we know where we'll be playing next season!! . Sign Williamson on a short term deal as well and all three represent a brilliant bit of business, strengthening the squad without committing too much money on long term deals... . (others would no doubt say that its Venkeys being tight again, but that depends on your viewpoint)[/p][/quote]I agree, loan deals are better than permanent signings in the January transfer window. However, I think you're reading way too much into the events that unfolded on transfer deadline day. srvp28

4:54pm Thu 7 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

Neilb13 wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy.

Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .
Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man
Apologies, I understood that he had PFA representation, maybe it was ealier in his career or I could have confused him with someone else. Regardless, what little I saw of him off the pitch he struck me as a decent modest football loving lad, I'm glad he found a good agent.
[quote][p][bold]Neilb13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy. Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .[/p][/quote]Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man[/p][/quote]Apologies, I understood that he had PFA representation, maybe it was ealier in his career or I could have confused him with someone else. Regardless, what little I saw of him off the pitch he struck me as a decent modest football loving lad, I'm glad he found a good agent. greenscreener

5:00pm Thu 7 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
I know of at least two people who don't have agents - Michael Appleton and me....what about you greenscreener?
I'm more than adequately represented by Mrs Greenscreener.

I'd be over the moon if i thought she was only taking 20% !
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: I know of at least two people who don't have agents - Michael Appleton and me....what about you greenscreener?[/p][/quote]I'm more than adequately represented by Mrs Greenscreener. I'd be over the moon if i thought she was only taking 20% ! greenscreener

5:31pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Neilb13 says...

greenscreener wrote:
Neilb13 wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy.

Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .
Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man
Apologies, I understood that he had PFA representation, maybe it was ealier in his career or I could have confused him with someone else. Regardless, what little I saw of him off the pitch he struck me as a decent modest football loving lad, I'm glad he found a good agent.
Yeah both Damien & his agent Pat Devlin are from my area back home and are part of the reason i became a blackburn fan. Pat worked as a scout for blackburn at the time & also managed a local team where my uncle was his assistant and managed to get me a jersey signed by Kenny & Co and that sold me as a kid that it was rovers i wanted to follow (my mother was a Liverpool fan while my father a Man City fan)

Back to point though, i just dont think we can tar all agents with the same brush but we must devise some way of removing the scramble for money that seems to be dominating their focus
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neilb13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: That ship sailed some time back in the 90's Andy. Not everyone was on it though, Damian Duff, represented by the PFA, and now a very rich man. Probably because he didn't have some slimeball taking a large slice of everything .[/p][/quote]Damien did in fact have an agent and still does, a man i know very well, Damien has been very astute with his money over the years but you are correct his agent is not a slime ball that has been milking his career, he's actually a very decent football man[/p][/quote]Apologies, I understood that he had PFA representation, maybe it was ealier in his career or I could have confused him with someone else. Regardless, what little I saw of him off the pitch he struck me as a decent modest football loving lad, I'm glad he found a good agent.[/p][/quote]Yeah both Damien & his agent Pat Devlin are from my area back home and are part of the reason i became a blackburn fan. Pat worked as a scout for blackburn at the time & also managed a local team where my uncle was his assistant and managed to get me a jersey signed by Kenny & Co and that sold me as a kid that it was rovers i wanted to follow (my mother was a Liverpool fan while my father a Man City fan) Back to point though, i just dont think we can tar all agents with the same brush but we must devise some way of removing the scramble for money that seems to be dominating their focus Neilb13

5:50pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Stone Island: says...

There are too many agents out there, that are nothing more than parasites. In fact one in particular, has played a major part in the ruination of BRFC. I hope he rots in hell.
There are too many agents out there, that are nothing more than parasites. In fact one in particular, has played a major part in the ruination of BRFC. I hope he rots in hell. Stone Island:

11:21pm Fri 8 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

agents,,are parasites, no other word can be attributed to them that would be appropriate enough as far as lm concerned, they like the players hold clubs to ransome and its the fee paying fans who foot the bill for all increases at football grounds,,its no wonder people of my age cottoned on decades ago and realised we were being taken for a ride,,the present day fans must be on great wages to be able to afford a season ticket,,,,,lol,,,its either that or they have got involved in dodgy enterprises,,,of course l dont say all of them are,,some are well heeled to begin with,,its the poorest fans l am referring to,
agents,,are parasites, no other word can be attributed to them that would be appropriate enough as far as lm concerned, they like the players hold clubs to ransome and its the fee paying fans who foot the bill for all increases at football grounds,,its no wonder people of my age cottoned on decades ago and realised we were being taken for a ride,,the present day fans must be on great wages to be able to afford a season ticket,,,,,lol,,,its either that or they have got involved in dodgy enterprises,,,of course l dont say all of them are,,some are well heeled to begin with,,its the poorest fans l am referring to, noddy57

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