Football agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 4

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  • Football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and sports agency SEM for £390,000.
  • The court case is continuing today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
  • SEM bosses are due to give evidence today.

5:04pm

Mr Sheron has now finished giving evidence and after a period of housekeeping the judge has risen for this night.

Tomorrow Jeffrey Weston, who executed the deal for SEM, will be giving evidence.

You can read full coverage of today's events here.

4:04pm

Mr Sheron asked Mr McCann whether he had been dealing with Mr McGill as he had heard rumours from people at SEM, a court hears. 

4:01pm

Is he only sensible explanation that someone else agreed the terms? 

"I don't know"

3:59pm

We've also heard that Mr Lee and Mr McParland told SEM at a meeting at a Liverpool restaurant they wanted to spend between £20-25,000. 

Mr Budworth asked Mr Sheron why, if SEM were representing Bolton, they opened at the top of that bracket, effectively losing the club £750,000 over three years.

We're underway again by the way

3:56pm

Mr Budworth pointed out to him that on June 7, when terms were agreed, Mr Sheron rang Mr McCann twice between one offer being made at 3.19pm and another being agreed at 5.20pm.

He says he was just relaying messages - not acting as his agent.

3:54pm

Mr Sheron has been discussing his role in the McCann transfer. Says he relayed information from Mr Weston to Mr McCann and nothing more.

3:54pm

Apologies for recent lack of updates, more technical issues!

We've also been out for the last 15 minutes.

2:58pm

Mr Sheron says he was at every deal signing Gavin McCann has ever made. 

Says he was there when Mr McCann joined Villa to make Mr McCann more comfortable, but Mr Weston conducted all professional negotiations.

2:48pm

Mr Sheron says the last thing he would be concerned about was SEM's website being down. 

Mr McGill alleges that it went down so a description of Mr Sheron's duties, including agency activities, could be removed.

Mr Sheron: "I knew nothing about it."

2:45pm

Court hears that Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis mentioned Mr Sheron on the radio as one of the agents he dealt with while Stoke manager.

Mr Sheron says SEM represented Mr Pulis, not himself.

2:44pm

Mr Sheron says in his witness statement that he has been cleared by the FA to perform the duties he carries out.

2:36pm

Mr Budworth says when you Google Dave Sheron, it predicts football agent. Mr Sheron insists he is not an agent

2:35pm

Mr Sheron is being asked whether he ever sent threatening texts to Mr McGill. He denies this

2:19pm

Categorically refutes allegations that he changed his phone number when Mr McGill requested his mobile records.

2:17pm

Martin Budworth has now opened cross-examination, on behalf of Mr McGill.

2:15pm

Lisa Walmisley asks him if he has ever taken agency exams of claimed commission for work with SEM. Answer to both "no"

2:14pm

Back underway, Dave Sheron giving evidence, the unlicensed agent accused of hijacking Mr McGill's deal.

1:39pm

We're on lunch now and Mr Anderson's evidence has finished. 

12:34pm

On comments from Mr Ferguson, Mr Anderson said: "I have had to stand up to Mr Ferguson many time during my career and he does not take too kindly to that.

"Not least helping Manchester City build a team in three weeks that beat them twice in one season."

Mr Budworth earlier referenced Mr Ferguson having questioned Mr Anderson's football knowledge.

12:24pm

Mr Anderson denies he had any knowledge about the McCann transfer. 

Mr Sheron's activities in the transfer, including attending McCann's June 8 medical, were entirely normal for him to do, according to Mr Anderson.

12:21pm

Anderson: "I can't answer things that I have no knowledge about."

12:11pm

We're underway and onto Dave Sheron's role at SEM.

Mr Anderson says brokering deals does not constitute agency activity, as was written in a description of Mr Sheron's role at the firm on their website.

11:25am

We are now having a ten-minute break.

11:22am

Now discussing the involvement of SEM in the infamous transfer of a John Obi Mikel to Chelsea. 

Mr Anderson denies it has gone down as one of the "most toxic" ever.

11:05am

Now being quizzed over a discrepancy between his witness statement for this case and one compiled for a harassment case in February.

in that he said mr Weston employed by Bolton on June 1, 2007. This time just "in June 2007".

Cannot explain the change.

10:55am

Mr Anderson claims he has never seen the contract for McCann's deal "to this day" when asked whether he concedes it was backdated.

10:37am

Mr Budworth is now pressing Mr Anderson on his claims that he had no personal involvement in any SEM deal for McCann. He maintains that position.

SEM previously represented Mr McCann before he left angry at being hit with a tax bill, a court has already heard.

10:33am

Mr Anderson admits that normally SEM allocate players to its agents based on geography.

Reveals that Dave Sheron was based in the North West. Yet Jeffrey Weston, based in London, executed McCann's Bolton move.

10:26am

Says he doesn't believe SEM had any licensed agents other than Jeffrey Weston, Steve Horner and himself in 2007.

remember, Mr McGill alleges Dave Sheron was operating as an unlicensed agent for SEM and completed the McCann deal.

10:24am

The court hears that Gavin McCann renewed his Villa contract on July 28 2005, four days after SEM received final payment for securing previous deal.

Mr Anderson denies the timing is significant.

10:14am

Mr Anderson says he was not necessarily a "hands-on" figure at SEM, as alleged by Tony McGill.

10:10am

The court hears from mr Budworth that SEM worked with Thaksin Shinawatra, when the Thai bought Manchester City, and that they put eight players into the club for as much as £6m. Mr Anderson does not believe that figure to be accurate.

10:09am

Mr McGill has just handed Mr Budworth a note.

10:07am

Mr Budworth tells the court that Sir Alex Ferguson once criticised Mr Anderson's football acumen, but that his business acumen is undoubted. Agency represented more than 150 players at its peak.

10:06am

SEM represented Thierry Henry among others, a court hears.

9:59am

He is asking about Mr Anderson's relationship with former Arsenal chairman David Dean

9:58am

Martin Budworth is now cross-examining Mr Anderson. 

9:57am

SEM CEO Jerome Anderson has taken to the stand as Lisa Walmisley opens her defence of the agency group.

9:51am

Morning all. The court case is due to resume shortly (at 10am), with SEM bosses set to give evidence.

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