The latest publication of Football League clubs' spending on agents' fees has revealed that clubs committed a total of £16.7m to agents during the 2010/11 season.
Championship clubs accounted for £14.1m (84.6%) of this total, with League 1 and League 2 clubs spending £2.3m (14.1%) and £0.2m (1.3%) respectively. Clubs committed to pay agents in 570 (19.6%) of the 2,910 player transactions that took place.
Eight clubs did not spend any money on agents' fees at all (Accrington Stanley, Barnet, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United, Macclesfield Town, Stevenage and Stockport County) with 22 clubs spending less than £10,000 each.
In announcing the latest agents' fees figures Football League Chairman Greg Clarke said: "These figures show that a considerable amount of money continues to leave the game through payments to agents. This highlights the importance of the work Football League clubs are doing to establish a 'breakeven' business model across all three divisions.
"No-one is trying to prevent clubs from paying agents where they feel it is appropriate, however we must make sure that clubs are not spending money they simply do not have."
At their summer conference, Football League clubs agreed to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework. This will see clubs in League 1 and League 2 operating the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), which has been in use in the latter division since 2002/03. The SCMP limits spending on total player wages to a proportion of each club's turnover.
For 2011/12, League 2 clubs have reduced the permitted base spending threshold to 55% of turnover from the previous 60% with sanctions applying (in the form of transfer embargoes). In League 1 it will be a transitional season with clubs setting a 75% of turnover target for player salaries but with no sanctions being applicable. This threshold will reduce to 65% in 2012/13 and 60% in 2013/14 with sanctions applying in both seasons.
Championship clubs are currently engaged in discussions about establishing a new break-even financial model for The League's flagship competition.
Report Summary (equivalent figures for 2009/10 in brackets)
• Between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 Football League clubs engaged in 2,910 (2,392) player transactions (new registrations/player transfers, contract updates, contract cancellations and loans);
• Clubs committed to pay an agent in 570 (396) of these transactions;
• Therefore, no agent was used in 2,340 (1,996) transactions;
• League clubs committed to spend £16,658,976 (£12,739,867) on agents' fees during the period of this report;
• 8 clubs (14) did not commit any money to agents during the 12 months covered by this report (Accrington Stanley, Barnet, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United, Macclesfield Town, Stevenage and Stockport County).
•22 clubs (23) committed to pay less than £10,000 to agents in the same period.
• In the Championship there were 1,125 (778) player transactions, 328 (205) involved the use of an agent;
• Clubs committed to spend a total of £14,089,702 (£10,131,314) on agents' fees during this period;
• All 24 clubs (24) committed to paying for the services of a licensed agent;
• In League 1 there were 952 (955) player transactions, 176 (155) involved the use of an agent;
• Clubs committed to spend a total of £2,347,749 (£2,241,771) on agents' fees during this period;
• 23 clubs (21) committed to paying for the services of a licensed agent;
• 1 club (3) did not pay for the services of a licensed agent (Hartlepool United).
• In League 2 there were 833 (659) player transactions, 66 (36) involved the use of an agent;
• Clubs committed to spend a total of £221,525 (£366,781) on agents' fees during this period;
• 17 clubs (13) committed to paying for the services of a licensed agent;
• 7 clubs (11) did not pay for the services of a licensed agent (Accrington Stanley, Barnet, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Macclesfield Town, Stevenage and Stockport County).
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