City pay agents �490,000
David Cuffley Norwich City spent almost ��m on agents' fees in the first half of the current season, it has been revealed.The latest Football League agents' fees report, issued today, shows that the Canaries committed �490,000 to agents between July and December 2008.
Norwich City spent almost ��m on agents' fees in the first half of the current season, it has been revealed.
The latest Football League agents' fees report, issued today, shows that the Canaries committed �490,000 to agents between July and December 2008.
The figure covers a period in which City carried out 21 transactions - 14 new registrations or transfers, six loan deals and one updated contract.
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The figure is more than three times as high as City's outlay in the same period last season, when they had to pay agents �155,200.
Derby County are the only Championship club to have spent more on agents in the first half of this season, shelling out �717,000.
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Next come Norwich, with Birmingham third on �425,000. Ipswich spent �113,200 in the same period.
In total, Football League clubs paid agents �5.7m during the first half of the season, a drop of 28 per cent on the first half of the 2007-08 campaign.
Championship clubs accounted for 84 per cent of this total - some �4.8m. All 24 Championship clubs used agents, but Sheffield Wednesday paid the lowest total with just �5,000.
Out of a total of 578 transactions by Championship clubs, just 88 involved payments to agents.
A total of 24 League clubs did not spend a penny on agents.
Football League chairman, Lord Mawhinney, said: “Given the severe economic recession, it is encouraging to see these figure declining.”