LiveFootball agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 7

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Summary

  • Live updates from the seventh day of a court case in which football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and agency SEM for £390,000.
  • Mr McGill claims he was cut out of the deal to move Gavin McCann from Aston Villa to Bolton Wanderers.

3:00pm

Says Wanderers in debt at the time - can't remember figure but it was "a lot of money"

2:51pm

Court hears that only Mr Gartside had the authority to appoint an agent to act on the club's behalf when a fee of the size of £300,000 was involved.

2:29pm

Wanderers general secretary Simon Marland has now been called. It appears chairman Phil Gartside will now be giving evidence next Tuesday.

2:03pm

Back underway and Mr Budworth is continuing his cross-examination of Mr Lee.

1:05pm

Lunch is now being taken. Join us again at 2pm

1:00pm

Says he knew who Mr McGill was having encountered him at Sunderland.

12:56pm

Said he cannot remember being handed a mobile while at Nicolas Anelka's wedding in Marrakech to speak with Mr McGill.

Ricky Sbragia says he said it was "nothing to do with him" and handed it back.

12:48pm

Says he did not come to know that the scouts had spoken to McCann at his first home match as boss, against Villa at the Reebok on May 13.

12:45pm

Chief scout Dave Worthington says he had promoted McCann as a target.

Mr Lee says Mr McCann has not been suggested to him by Mr Worthington or Jack Chapman, a now deceased former scout.

12:38pm

Says he never discussed an overall transfer budget with chairman Phil Gartside.

12:33pm

Court has previously been told Mr Lee and Dave Sheron from SEM were friends but Mr Lee said he did not know Mr McCann had a connection with SEM.

12:32pm

Says he would have had Gavin McCann in mind when he was approaching summer recruitment in 2007.

12:23pm

Mr McParland has finished his evidence, Sammy Lee has replaced him in the stand.

12:00pm

Says SEM's Steve Horner will have presented him and Mr Lee with a list of names at his disposal.

Mr Horner said McParland or Lee brought up McCann's name. They both think this likely, although a strand of Wanderers' defence is that Horner raised the name, a court hears.

11:53am

Just about to resume after a 10-minute break to aid the shorthand writers. 

11:38am

Agrees agents are "very well paid" for what they do.

11:33am

Mr McGill texted Mr McParland to say he was a "cheat" who should be kicked out of football.

Ignored those messages.

11:31am

Describes Mr McGill as a crank - claims not a serious threat to his position at Bolton

11:26am

Says he was inexperienced at the time and May have made mistakes after being questioned over why he did not report McGill's claims to the Bolton hierarchy.

11:20am

Says he knew Phil  Gartside would have knocked back attempts to spend more

11:19am

Says spending £1m on a midfield player was a budget plan as was wages of £20-25k a week.

11:12am

Says Steve Horner is an excellent agent and that he would trust him to tell him the truth.

11:10am

Says a second phone calle from McGill came in while he was on a family holiday in Tenerife. Says he was on for two hours and that he "couldn't get rid of him".

11:08am

Says he did not know Mr McGill before he rang asking about the deal on May 28.

11:01am

Maintains that Mr Horner told him both Aston Villa and Mr McCann were agreeable to transfer.

Mr Horner denied speaking to Villa yesterday.

10:54am

Denies his Liverpool and Bolton roles overlapping represents a conflict of interest. Says arrangement with Liverpool was transparent.

10:53am

McParland says he brokered Guthrie deal with Mr Benitez verbally.

10:52am

Mr McParland says all he knew was that Mr Hirner was Guthrie's agent.

Yet he represented Bolton on paperwork for the deal.

10:51am

Agrees Steve Horner did not do a lot of work on Guthrie deal.

10:50am

Admits he would not have paid an agent to bring a loan player in.

10:46am

Says the loan move of Danny Guthrie to Bolton that's summer would have been "very straightforward" to sort out, given his Liverpool links.

10:45am

Adds that Benitez initially wanted him to stay but relented after persistence from new Wanderers manager Sammy Lee.

10:44am

He started work for Wanderers despite being employed in his old job at Liverpool until June 30.

Says Rafa Benitez allowed him to start work while contracted to the Anfield club.

10:42am

Denies that Champions League qualification, a clause in McCann's contract, was "realistic"

10:41am

Wanderers finished 7th that season, Liverpool 3rd.

McParland denies that Wanderers and Liverpool were rivals.

10:39am

Martin Budworth, representing Mr McGill, starts his interrogation.

10:39am

Gong through a list of things that Mr McParland was definitely doing on dates in April, May and June 2007.

Tells a court the second meeting with SEM agents at the Neighbourhood restaurant in Liverpool was on either the 25th or 26th of May.

10:34am

Confirms his name and that his witness statement is true.

10:33am

Frank McParland has been called.

10:29am

Remember this case boils down to allegations that Wanderers colluded in backdating transfer papers, dealt with an unlicensed agent and illegally claimed to be using an agent through the "switching" process so Gavin McCann would not be hit with an unwanted tax bill.

10:28am

We have had to briefly adjourn but evidence will resume shortly - were due to start at 10am sharp here at the "filing cabinet".

10:09am

The trial will not finish today, as originally planned. 

Sammy Lee and Simon Marland will have to give their evidence after the Easter weekend on April 22.

9:47am

Morning all. Phil Gartside is due to give evidence today.

The club's director of football at the time of the McCann deal, Frank McParland, is set to give evidence first.

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5:52pm Thu 17 Apr 14

the hand says...

For me gartside is guilty as well an arrogant tosser who don't give two figs about bolton wanderers time to go phil
For me gartside is guilty as well an arrogant tosser who don't give two figs about bolton wanderers time to go phil the hand
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8:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Reebok Al says...

Rather than talk about Phil Gartside, I'll use this opportunity to comment on the manager's views regarding Liam Trotter. Before, he referred to him as 'a young lad', in today's paper he says he's twenty four. Keep going Dougie and you'll get it right - he'll be twenty six on the 24th of August.
There seems to be a determined effort being made to find a place somewhere in the team for Trotter. How many positions has he been tried in so far ? Will we be paying him or will he be paying us ? The consensus of opinion according to the BN is that his best position may be as a defensive midfielder in front of the back four, but then we already have Spearing, and Medo, and Vela...........
Trotter could yet turn out to be a worthwhile acquisition, but if it's vital to include him as soon as possible, the question to be asked is, can he play left back ?
Rather than talk about Phil Gartside, I'll use this opportunity to comment on the manager's views regarding Liam Trotter. Before, he referred to him as 'a young lad', in today's paper he says he's twenty four. Keep going Dougie and you'll get it right - he'll be twenty six on the 24th of August. There seems to be a determined effort being made to find a place somewhere in the team for Trotter. How many positions has he been tried in so far ? Will we be paying him or will he be paying us ? The consensus of opinion according to the BN is that his best position may be as a defensive midfielder in front of the back four, but then we already have Spearing, and Medo, and Vela........... Trotter could yet turn out to be a worthwhile acquisition, but if it's vital to include him as soon as possible, the question to be asked is, can he play left back ? Reebok Al
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