LiveFootball agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 1

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  • Football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and sports agency SEM for £390,000.
  • The court case starts today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.


Technical issues meant that wasn't anywhere near as detailed as it should've been. Hopefully these will be resolved tomorrow. Thanks for joining us anyway.


Mr Worthington has been given a serious grilling by Bolton's lawyer about a scouting report on Gavin McCann.


Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time. He identified players that he thought coaching staff might be interested in, then would compile reports for them. Scouts would watch the players and produce reports. If the reports were good, he would go and see them in action himself.


At that time Wanderers had about 18 scouts who travelled all over europe


Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time.


Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time.


Dave worthington is to be the first witness


The court has heard details of a phone call in which McGill rang Bolton and said "what's the deal?"


McGills lawyer is now outlining his case against Wanderers and SEM


McGills lawyer is now outlining his case against Wanderers and SEM


Ok, we're started


the judge is rising now to reconvene at 1.50pm. Hopefully we'll get some proper action this afternoon. Stay tuned folks.


One witness, a Mr Worthington, has flown in from Spain to give evidence today, apparently.


Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will be giving evidence tomorrow. He was the Villa manager at the time of these allegations.


Today, that is. He has told him he wants to see a clear written statement before he considers it.


The judge has just given a lengthy explanation of why he's not going to entertain Mr McGill's application.


This is going to be a long week.


Bolton's lawyer has finished. Mr McGill's lawyer is on his feet again now.


there is no connection between these "wild and deliberately scandalous" allegations he says and his alleged loss. BWFC's lawyer is accusing Mr McGill of seeking publicity.


BWFC's lawyer says Mr McGill's allegation of "criminal fraud" is very serious and far reaching, but is based on the same evidence as his original civil claim. The application is therefore too late, he says, and, having spent an hour explaining it, is still not entirely clear.


SEM has finished. Bolton's laywer starting now.


It's getting on towards lunchtime and there is some serious stomach rumbling going on in court 43 today.


McGill's lawyer has finished speaking now. SEM's lawyer is now answering what he had to say.


The judge is now taking some time to read documents.


Well, the weather's nice today, isn't it?


The judge is now leafing through the court documents, which are contained in several large white ring binders


Rigorous questioning by the judge.


There are a lot of bored-looking faces in this court now.


We have power for the laptop now. This is a good thing.


Lawyer is now pointing to sections of the Fraud Act to support his argument


Mr McGill's lawyer claims that SEM "sold" the deal to McCann by telling he could avoid getting a big tax bill again by these means


McCann had been annoyed about getting a six figure tax bill during a previous transfer in which he was represented by SEM


Mr McGill's lawyer says SEM said they were representing BWFC instead of McCann to prevent McCann getting a big tax bill


He says "regrettably, the defendants dishonestly failed to disclose to the FA who they were representing and the date that the agreement was made"


This point appears to hinge on intent to make gain.


Even the judge has his head in his hands now.


Mr McGill's lawyer is arguing that SEM and Bolton Wanderers have committed a criminal offence - ie fraud by false representation - in cutting him out of the transfer deal.


We're still in legal argument. Very lengthy discussions between Mr McGill's lawyer and the judge.


This is quite complex case. You can find all the background to it here and here.


Make that two walls. The "filing cabinet", by the way, is the nickname given to the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. It's because it looks like a filing cabinet, would you believe.


May I take this opportunity to say what a nice courtroom this is in the "filing cabinet". It's a long, white, modern room, with four rows of wooden benches and lots of seats for spectators and other interested parties. There's a bookcase along one wall that is creaking with a bounty of weighty legal tomes.


He's leading a panel of two.


The judge today is David Waxman. He's wearing a suit. No wigs and robes in this civil court.


The real challenge today will be this laptop battery lasting long enough for the lawyers to finish arguing and start the case proper.


Very long and detailed legal argument. The actual case hasn't started yet. SEM CEO Jerome Anderson has just put his head in his hands.


lawyer representing Tony McGill is now raising a point about the first email contact between Mr McGill and SEM


the judge is making an order now based on a legal application about a "statement of truth". Lawyer representing the club says it's a minor error, and the judge seems to agree.


Legal argument at the moment.


It's a busy court - as well as the BWFC chairman, former manager and other club-related figures, there are about 30 people in the court. Mostly legal, but there are several press people here as well, and a guy from the Bolton Wanderers press office.


Everyone is here - Phil Gartside, Sammy Lee, Simon Marland and Frank McParland have all taken their seats in the court.



good morning everyone. We're in court 43 on the ninth floor of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre today.

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