David Artell says that our reported figure made to agents is wrong.
Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell appreciates that agents do have a role to play in modern football but he evidently disagrees with our recorded figure of over £10,000 being spend on agents.
The Crewe boss says that our figure is incorrect and ‘way below’ the publicised figure provided by the EFL.
For example, Crewe Alexandra certainly did not make any payment to the agent working on behalf of Aaron Taylor-Sinclair because the defender is only on loan from Motherwell and Callum Ainley’s agent did not receive a penny after his contract was extended last summer.
Artell explained to the club’s official website: “I’ve seen the release of the agent fees and I have to say ours is wrong. It is incorrect. I know for a fact it is wrong and ours is considerably lower than that. I also know that a team that is reported below us have spent considerably more than we have on agents.
“How Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and his agent are on that list, I have no idea. He is on loan from Motherwell for a start. It is wrong. I know that his agent did not receive one penny over Aaron coming here on loan.
“This Football Club does not like spending money on agents and neither do I. I know they have a role to play in the game and some of them do a good job.
“Sometimes market forces dictate that you have to pay them but we only do for the right reasons. We are only prepared to do that if an agent brings us a player. If a deal is done only because it wouldn’t have been done otherwise then we would pay them. They may suggest a player or know that he is avaialble when we possibly do not.
“They are not employed by us and we don’t have agents working for us. I know it is a business to them and a very lucrative one but when I see teams playing £40 million to agents then you can see how the gap between the divisions and grassroots football continues to grow.
“I read a stat the other day that when Gary Lineker was at his peak in 1986 the difference between wages in the First Division, as it was then, to the Fourth Division is 3-1. It now stands at 40-1, so that says it all.
He added: “Now I know the Premier League product is watched all over the world and all that. I get that but there has to be a moral obligation somewhere to support what is below it. I don’t just mean the EFL but the National League, the South and North non-league, even below that at places like Nantwich and then the junior teams.”