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Pools maintain strong agent stance
HARTLEPOOL UNITED were one of seven clubs in the Football League not to have paid a single penny out in agents fees last season, it has been revealed.
It is understood Pools have maintained that policy for more than a decade and meant they did not contribute to a total of 21.5m committed to paying representatives across the country, despite 29 deals involving players.
Hartlepool, owned by Increased Oil Recovery, were not the only club to avoid paying agents. Blackpool, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Morecambe, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra all adopted similar approaches. A further 24 clubs spent less than 25,000 each.
In the Championship Middlesbrough reduced their spending on agents to 365,947 for 2012/13 despite dealing in 53 transactions over that period.
The latest publication of Football League clubs spending on agents fees showed 170,000 less was spent 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 700,000 respectively. Clubs committed to pay agents in 776 of the 3,746 player transactions that took place.
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 that such payments are part of a sustainable financial model with clubs only spending what they can afford. "In conjunction with clubs, we're making real progress towards this goal and now have all three divisions operating Financial Fair Play regulations."
In the Championship, the 2013/14 season is the first period against which Financial Fair Play sanctions could be levied. Leagues One and Two clubs are operating the Salary Cost Management Protocol, limiting spending on player's salaries to 60 per cent and 55 per cent of turnover, respectively.
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