The latest publication of Football League clubs' spending on agents' fees has revealed that clubs committed a total of £21.5m to agents during the 2012/13 season – £170,000 less than the previous twelve months.
Championship clubs accounted for £18.6m of the total, with League 1 and League 2 clubs spending £2.2m and £0.7m respectively. Clubs committed to pay agents in 776 of the 3,746 player transactions that took place.
Seven clubs did not spend any money on agents’ fees at all (Blackpool, Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Morecambe, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra) with 24 clubs spending less than £25,000 each.
In announcing the latest agents' fees figures Football League Chairman Greg Clarke said:
"Again, this is a considerable amount of money to be leaving the game. However, the real challenge is to ensure that such payments are part of a sustainable financial model with clubs only spending what they can afford. In conjunction with clubs, we’re making real progress towards this goal and now have all three divisions operating Financial Fair Play regulations.”
In the Championship, the 2013/14 season represents the first accounting period against which Financial Fair Play sanctions could be levied (from January 2015). In Leagues 1 and 2 clubs are operating the Salary Cost Management Protocol which limits spending on player’s salaries to 60% and 55% of turnover, respectively.
Overall 2012/13 figures (2011/12 figures in brackets)
- Between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, Football League clubs engaged in 3,746 (3,144) player transactions (new registrations/ player transfers, contract updates, contract cancellations and loans).
- Clubs agreed to pay an agent in 776 (729) of these transactions.
- League clubs committed to pay £21,502,362 (£21,672,010) on agents' fees in this reporting period.
- During the 2012/13 reporting period, 7 (5) clubs did not commit any money in agents' fees. They were: Blackpool, Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Morecambe, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra.
- 14 (13) clubs paid less than £10,000 pounds to agents and 24 (27) clubs paid less than £25,000 over the period July 2012 to June 2013.
- There were 1,341 (1,197) player transactions in 2012/13 of which 431 (422) included the use of an agent.
- In 2012/13, Championship clubs committed to pay £18,567,305 in agents' fees compared with £18,046,180 in the previous year.
- 23 of the 24 clubs committed to pay agents' fees in 2012/13 with Blackpool the exception. In 2011/12, all 24 clubs committed to paying an agent.
- 1,153 (935) player transactions took place in League 1 during this reporting period. Of those transactions, 221 (177) involved the use of an agent.
- Clubs committed to pay £2,229,019 (£1,930,836.38) in agents' fees in 2012/13.
- Hartlepool United and Crewe Alexandra did not commit any money to agent's fees in 2012/13
- In League 2 1,252 (1,012) player transactions took place of which 124 (130) involved the use of agent.
- In 2012/13 clubs agreed to pay £674,037 (£1,036,198) on agents' fees during this period.
- 4 (4) clubs committed no money to agents' fees in 2012/13. They were: Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Morecambe.