Agent Fees On The Increase In English Football

£4million increase from last year – not including Premier League clubs.

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Football League clubs paid a total of £16.7million in agent fees last season – an increase of £4million on the previous campaign.

While the amount paid to player’s representatives have grown, the number of transactions also rose by over 500 to 2,910. Of which, fees were paid to agents in 570 of them.

Championship clubs dominated the spending, making up £14.1million of the total, with League One paying out £2.3million and League Two taking up the remainder of the total amount.

All Championship clubs paid agents fees while Hartlepool were the only club in League One not to do so.

In League Two Accrington, Barnet, Cheltenham, Crewe, Macclesfield, Stevenage and Stockport did not pay any fees, and the number of deals made without agents rose from 1,996 to 2,340.

“These figures show that a considerable amount of money continues to leave the game through payments to agents,” Football League chairman Greg Clarke said:

“This highlights the importance of the work Football League clubs are doing to establish a ‘break even’ business model across all three divisions.

“No one is trying to prevent clubs from paying agents where they feel it is appropriate, but we must make sure clubs are not spending money they simply do not have.”

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