Doncaster Rovers & The Agent: A High-Risk Transfer Policy?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    Remember Geoffrey Richmonds “Six weeks of madness” when he ruined a decade of hard work and hard won progress in a manner that,another decade on, still hangs over a club right back where it started?

    John Ryan clearly doesn’t.

  2. Ron says:

    We had a similar situation arise at Swindon Town back in 2007 when a consortium called ‘BEST’ nearly bought the club. ‘BEST’ were back by a Portuguese football agent and a yank, a potentially disastrous combination. The club signed two of their clients before the deal was done, perhaps as a sweetener, however these both turned out to be as promising as the deal itself. Fortunately ‘BEST’ couldn’t stump up the money and we’ve never looked back, financially at least.

    With Doncaster now under the heavy influence of an agent, FIFA and the FA need to look into this practice which does nothing to serve the interests of the football club and their community.

  3. Stanley says:

    Ron, not only have the FA looked into it, they gave it full approval.

    This can’t be anything but detrimental to the long-term health of Donny Rovers. Yet more evidence of the absolute distain on the part of English football’s administrators for the fans and for the history of the game in this country. On the back of the EPPP, this has made the week a thoroughly dispiriting one as a Football League supporter.

  4. Tom Whistle says:

    Almost every transfer window there is a high profile, poorly educated, black African player involved in a controversial transfer where a player tries to force the hand of his club despite his existing contractual commitments. On most occasions when you look at the players agent its Willie McKay. How else do you think he funds his horse racing interests. In my opinion this man should not be allowed anywhere near the game let alone be given access to a club. Would you appoint Ronnie Biggs as a Bank Manager?

    Best wishes to all Donnie fans because you are in for one hell of a rideover the next couple of years.

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