View Full Version : corruption again, allegedly.

Ollie the Optimist
25-09-2011, 12:46 PM
Harrison was Carroll's agent when he burst on to the scene and successfully negotiated his first professional contract and subsequent deals at Newcastle. Carroll still had two months left on his contract with Harrison when Liverpool bid for the England striker. Harrison remains convinced he should have been involved in the Liverpool deal after investing so much time in the striker and becoming a family friend.
He was even named on the custody document with Northumbria police when Carroll was arrested for alleged assault in 2009. Carroll was fined after admitting assault.
Harrison said: 'I'm sorry it's come to this but I'm going to bring down two big-name managers and they know who they are. I'm doing a TV documentary and I'm exposing everything that went on.'
Harrison admits he freely took advantage of the naivety of West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson to pocket 900,000 in commission in the deal to sign Lucas Neill. He added: 'The best way is to get a "friendly agent" to act on behalf of the club - that way you can split the commission with someone you trust.
'If, for example, the agent is based in Monaco, the club will pay his commission into an offshore account and he will pay the player's agent. It's all untraceable.
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/09/22/article-2040773-05DE4EB5000005DC-64_233x423.jpgEasy pickings: Harrison pocketed 900,000 in commission in Neill deal

'The commission with the club is whatever you can negotiate. When I took Lucas Neill to West Ham instead of Liverpool I earned 900,000 and they put the player on 72,000 a week.
'He was going to Liverpool but West Ham wouldn't take no for an answer. It was incredible. At the time I thought it was just business - I had bills to pay, office, telephone, travel - but when I look back on it now I'm embarrassed.'
The FIFA-licensed agent also admits offering financial inducements to young players to keep them under his wing.
Harrison said: 'The days of parents being offered fridges are a thing of the past - now it's cars, houses and cash. Some of them just come out with it up front and ask for the money - staggering. In many ways they deserve it because they have been watching their son in rain, sleet and snow since he was seven years old.
'The better the player, the more you look after their parents - it becomes a business decision. I've had to buy young players cars in the past. If they're good, it happens.'
Harrison, who was exposed by a BBC Panorama programme in 2006 for talking to Chelsea about his client Nathan Porritt, then under contract with Middlesbrough, claims there is a circle of trust in football.
He said: 'There is so much money being made and paid that people are frightened to rock the boat, but I'm not. It's like a magic circle of trust and people don't want to be on the outside. It's a cosy little club. There are a few managers who are close to agents, they do the same deals, and let's be honest it's not because that agent can spot a player.
'It's funny how things get done, let's put it that way. If you have a relationship with someone and gain their trust, you might have to go through a manager's favourite agent to get a deal done.'
Harrison has claimed to Sportsmail that one club are 'under the protection of the FA'.
He insists the club use the same agent for all their deals and that there are kickbacks as a reward.
Sportsmail has been unable to substantiate this allegation, but he has notified the FA of his concerns.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/09/22/article-2040773-0DCFBDF100000578-346_468x329.jpgCostly: Harrison was left out of Carroll's 35m deal

Harrison added: 'If you look at the deals certain clubs do at the top, it's the same agents doing them. There have been a lot of complaints about that club but the FA do nothing.
'Players know things go on, but they turn a blind eye to it all. As long as they get paid they don't care.'
Harrison also claims that some managers are in on deals and bring in trusted 'friends' and agents to make sure they go through.
He said: 'When Panorama happened it soured my relationship with a couple of people. I made a lot of money - millions - and lost a lot because of bad business decisions, but the last two years have been horrendous.
'I've been told by other agents and people connected to football that managers have been told not to work with me. A couple of managers and a couple of agents have made it a terrible two years.'
He alleges that they tried to get the underworld to get heavy with him.
'I'm not blowing my own trumpet but I've been involved in deals for 20 years and been at the top and I've got a right to tell people what goes on on this side of the fence.
'I keep talking about Andy Carroll, but in my opinion he was poached from me. When Liverpool signed Andy they brought in someone to act on behalf of the club to broker the deal even though Damien Comolli is their sporting director.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/09/22/article-2040773-005231CF00000258-38_468x402.jpgStar names: Harrison also represented the likes of Rivaldo

'Why do they need an agent on transfer deadline day? Surely they just pick up the phone to Newcastle and ask, "How much for Andy Carroll?" Something's wrong with the game when it comes to that.
'I complained to the FA but in my opinion they don't want to rock the boat with Liverpool or Newcastle.'
Managers, chief executives, agents and chief scouts routinely flout the rules by tapping up players, according to Harrison.
He added: 'Agents meet managers, chief executives and scouts every day without the permission of the club holding the registration of the player and it's a silly regulation.
'Some clubs pay well over the odds for players. FIFA guide you, but sometimes chairmen and chief executives are under big pressure to get deals done.'
Harrison claims he has complained to the FA many times about fellow agents, but insists nothing is ever done.
He added: 'There is a lot wrong with the way football is run in England - things could be so much better. There should be two or three independent people at the FA and on the Premier League, as well as an outside party, to regulate football agents.'
Neither the FA nor Liverpool wished to comment last night.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2040773/Andy-Carrolls-agent-reveals-footballs-dirty-secrets.html#ixzz1Yy3vSIdA

could be another let down ie dispatches but this is very very interesting. one club under protection by fa, two guess who that is?

McNamara That Ghost...
25-09-2011, 01:24 PM
Moved to the appropriate section.

Ollie the Optimist
25-09-2011, 01:28 PM
Moved to the appropriate section.

sorry maccy thought i was in this section

Ollie the Optimist
25-09-2011, 02:49 PM
also anyone hope on hte managers accused in the article is old twitchy? :lol:

on a serious note who would be the two managers accused

25-09-2011, 03:57 PM
Very heroic of this guy to tell all. I know he didn't get his cut from a big deal but I'm sure he would have come forward anyway. Football is riddled with the wrong type of people now. Corruption is normal because that's all these people know. There's a group at the "top" (in the sewer) of society that does no work and banks 90% of the nation's wealth. Agents are a small part of this group. The FA or any football authority could easily set up a group of lawyers, accountants and other "professionals", funded by the clubs, to handle transfers according to a set of standards and representing both sides impartially. This would eradicate 90% of the shit that goes on in the game, plus there would be one group that could be easily audited and monitored. This would be a very easy thing to do but it would be far, far less lucrative for certain parties.

Tackling this is going to be a waste of time unless the bigger issue of corruption in society is met head on. Yet we're giving the banks more power rather than trying to limit their wild excesses. So really speaking, we're nowhere. Corruption has become normal. You're a mug if you're not corrupt these days. People admire corruption. Society is fucked, bled to death by banks and the array of scum that clings to banks.