Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clubs Alone to Blame for This Hellish Mess

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clubs Alone to Blame for This Hellish Mess

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Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

SO AGENTS are "fighting" over the commissions to be had from Queens Park Rangers -- well, that's a big surprise.

Whenever you get desperation mixed with inexperience -- and QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is a classic case -- you have these people "trying to screw each other", as his manager Harry Redknapp puts it.

It's like blaming a shark for smelling blood. The responsibility for this hellish mess of a transfer market, which causes huge amounts of money to leak from the game -- think of the sum needed to pay for the Football Supporters' Federation plan for a [pounds sterling]20 maximum away ticket, double it and keep going -- lies with the clubs themselves.

If they wanted to, they would work through the Premier League and Football Association to have agents banned from acting on behalf of clubs -- as opposed to players they might legitimately represent -- in transfer deals, as used to be the case before the disastrous decision some 35 years ago to permit a free-for-all. …

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