Sep 10 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
TRANMERE spent £10,000 on agents’ fees last season, one of the lowest figures in League One.
Only Crewe Alexandra and Hartlepool United, who paid nothing to agents, and Walsall, who handed over £3000, spent less.
Promoted Bournemouth handed over £688,666 in fees to agents, Coventry City spent £252,256 and Preston North End £199,605.
The 72 Football League clubs committed a total of £21.5m to agents during the 2012/13 season, £170,000 less than the previous 12 months.
Championship clubs accounted for £18.6m of the total, with League One and League Two 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, including Tranmere spending less than £25,000 each.
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 a sustainable financial model.”