BEN Robinson is pleased to see Burton Albion come out among the lowest spenders on agents in League Two in the last year.
Figures published by the Football League yesterday put the Brewers fifth from bottom of the division’s spenders after they forked out just £4,030 on agents’ fees.
Chairman Robinson is glad to see Albion again near the bottom of the list, with only AFC Wimbledon, Accrington Stanley, Barnet and Morecambe – who all spent nothing – below them.
“Understandably, football agents are there to represent the players and to negotiate the best terms for their clients,” he said. “But sometimes the system works against the best interests of the club.
“As a club with a relatively small budget looking to cut costs wherever possible, (manager) Gary Rowett tries to do the deals and if he has to use agents he’s mindful of the fact we’re not prepared to be pressured and end up paying substantial sums of money for what can be quite a straightforward procedure.
“Sometimes the workload is such that it’s difficult to see that it’s always money well spent.”
The £4,030 spent by Albion, who today host Oxford United in a top-of-the-table clash, kick-off 3pm, was a slight fall on the £4,500 spent last season.
As a whole, League Two spent £674,037 in the last season compared to £1,036,198 the season before when Swindon Town were lavishing the cash to win promotion under Paolo Di Canio, with the Robins blowing a whopping £448,506 to grease the wheels of various transfers.
Further up the ladder, Derby County spent £533,081 on agents’ fees, compared to £623,475 the year before.
This compares to an average of £773,637 for the Championship, with Blackburn Rovers splashing an eye-watering £3,538,034 on agents alone last season as they failed to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Meanwhile, Rowett missed out on the League Two manager of the month award yesterday, with Chesterfield’s Paul Cook picking it up instead.