Rodgers kicks off Anfield career with a great save
22:25 GMT, 6 June 2012
Brendan Rodgers has saved Liverpool a six-figure agent’s fee on his Anfield contract by using the League Managers’ Association to negotiate his deal.
Rodgers was represented by LMA chief executive Richard Bevan and their retained employment expert Paul Gilroy QC — thus saving the club the hundreds of thousands of pounds they would have had to pay on his behalf had a middle man dealt with the three-year package.
The union, who intervene in almost all managerial disputes after a sacking, now want to increase their influence by being the preferred choice when managers sign for a club as well, although that will cause a lot of tension with agents.
Good work: Brendan Rodgers saved Liverpool money
But despite the LMA’s deal-making experience and legal set-up, Harry Redknapp currently has two high-profile agents working on his behalf.
The Tottenham manager, who like Roy Hodgson would have used the LMA had he been offered the England job, has signed a two-year contract with Wayne Rooney’s advisor Paul Stretford for his Triple S agency to be his sole representatives. Redknapp still has First Artists looking after his existing commercial agreements, which included a De Vere golf event this week.
Richards is back for more
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Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, whose conflict of interests when he was also at the helm of Club England was well documented, is back in a lead role in the England party at Euro 2012. Richards has remained chairman of the FA’s international committee and is one of four representatives from that group who will be in Krakow as long as the team are in the tournament. Richards’ presence in Poland will make for an interesting dynamic as FA chairman David Bernstein, who took his place as boss of Club England, will also be there. The pair have their differences on the conflict issue.
Humphrey changes tack
Jake Humphrey, one of the BBC presenters involved in the Corporation’s castigated coverage of the Diamond Jubilee, has switched agents to Peter Powell’s light entertainment specialist James Grant management. Humphrey, who has made his reputation as an accomplished F1 host, wants to do more TV work outside sport. However, BBC athletics commentator Paul Dickenson, who made such a mess of the royal pageant commentary, should certainly stick to track and field.
It says something about the power of sponsors that the England party stopped off en route to Luton airport for their flight to Krakow at the nearby HQ of team backers Vauxhall, where the whole squad had a photo with 200 of the company staff. Unfortunately for Vauxhall, the players arrived in Krakow in a bus emblazoned with Kia Motors, who are UEFA sponsors.
Message: Vauxhall made sure their brand was spotted with the England squad…
… but the coach was emblazoned with Kia Motors
From bad to verse…
UK Athletics went into meltdown when Sportsmail’s Olympics Correspondent Jonathan McEvoy challenged Michigan-born GB captain Tiffany Porter to prove her British credentials before the World Indoor Championships by reciting the opening lines of God Save The Queen.
Purely as a result of that furore, UKA head coach Charles van Commenee will now ensure that all athletes who have switched allegiance know the words of the National Anthem.
Fat issue: The ludicrous debate was turned on its head by the retraction of the initial supposed accusation
To add to the confusion at UKA, Jessica Ennis’s coach Toni Minichiello, who started a witch-hunt by claiming a leading UKA official had ludicrously asserted that the heptathlete is fat, has retracted the accusation following a chat with Van Commenee. It is understood Minichiello told the coach nobody from UKA had used the F-word.
Parry exit… again
Controversial broadcaster Mike Parry, who left talkSport after the arrival of Richard Keys and Andy Gray, has now parted company with Sports Tonight Live, the online TV talk station that has just received Sky and Freeview platforms. Outspoken Parry had a major falling-out with his bosses following the sending of late-night text messages described as ‘abusive’. Parry said: ‘We had issues about the company.’