Football agent loses transfer deal court bid

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A row over the transfer of a Fylde-based sportsman led to a legal wrangle between an agent and a football club.

Judge David Wakeman, sitting at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, ruled against Tony McGill on all claims that Bolton Wanderers FC and The Sport and Entertainment Media Group (SEM) cut him out of the 2007 transfer of midfielder Gavin McCann (pictured), who was born in Blackpool and lives in Wrea Green, from Aston Villa.

But the judge also said he agreed with many of the facts outlined by Mr McGill and told Manchester Civil Justice Centre that evidence given by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside was “unsatisfactory”.

Mr McGill is now appealing against the decision to deny him £300,000 he was claiming for.

The loss being pursued by Mr McGill was agency fees he would have gained by completing the deal as Mr McCann’s agent.

Judge Waksman said: “The claim requires proof that Mr McCann would have signed such a written agreement. There is in fact no real evidence that he would have done so.

“The claim must fail. Given that I have upheld Mr McGill’s factual contentions on the preceding matters, that might seem an unfortunate result.”

He added that Mr McGill was “always at risk” because he did not have a written contract in place with Mr McCann.