LiveFootball 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.


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.


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. 


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

"I don't know"


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


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.


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


Apologies for recent lack of updates, more technical issues!

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


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.


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."


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


We are now having a ten-minute break.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Mr McGill has just handed Mr Budworth a note.


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.


SEM represented Thierry Henry among others, a court hears.


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


Martin Budworth is now cross-examining Mr Anderson. 


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


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

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