Is your club getting value for money from agents?

The Football League has published a list of total fees paid to agents by each club during the 2009/10 season. The figures in full can be found here.

By way of some brief analysis, The Seventy Two ranked every Football League club in order of how much they spent on agents and then cross-referenced this with last year’s finishing positions.

The end result is the table found below. It cannot be pretended that this is a definitive representation of value for money. After all, there are all sorts of variables at play which skew the figures beyond any simple conclusions.

However, it does throw up Blackpool at the top, as might be expected given their overachievement last season, and Notts County at the bottom, having spent a huge amount. Although the Magpies won their division, their spending on agents accounted for nearly £250,000 of League Two’s total of £366,781.

Agents spending league table

Blackpool 1
Scunthorpe United 2
Exeter City 3
Tranmere Rovers 4
Doncaster Rovers 5=
Yeovil Town 5=
Cardiff City 7
Peterborough United 8=
Stockport County 8=
Carlisle United 10
Bournemouth 11
Sheffield United 12=
Swansea City 12=
Coventry City 14
Rochdale 15=
Swindon Town 15=
Walsall 15=
Aldershot Town 18=
Dagenham & Redbridge 18=
Millwall 18=
Chesterfield 21=
Hartlepool United 21=
Ipswich Town 21=
Watford 21=
Oldham Athletic 25
Crystal Palace 26=
Gillingham 26=
Newcastle United 26=
Nottingham Forest 26=
Port Vale 26=
Sheffield Wednesday 26=
West Bromwich 26=
Brentford 33=
Bury 33=
Charlton Athletic 33=
Leicester City 33=
Huddersfield Town 37=
Leyton Orient 37=
Barnsley 39=
Reading 39=
Bristol Rovers 41=
Plymouth Argyle 41=
Rotherham United 41=
Accrington Stanley 44=
Bristol City 44=
Southend United 44=
Derby County 47=
Hereford United 47=
Queens Park Rangers 47=
Wycombe Wanderers 47=
Colchester United 51=
Preston North End 51=
Brighton and Hove Albion 53=
Crewe Alexandra 53=
Morecambe 53=
Burton Albion 56=
Macclesfield Town 56=
Northampton Town 56=
Lincoln City 59
Barnet 60=
Middlesbrough 60=
Milton Keynes Dons 62
Bradford City 63=
Darlington 63=
Leeds United 63=
Norwich City 63=
Torquay United 63=
Cheltenham Town 68
Southampton 69
Shrewsbury Town 70
Grimsby Town 71
Notts County 72
The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

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