LiveFootball agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 3

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Summary

  • Football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and sports agency SEM for £390,000.
  • The court case is continuing today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
  • Mr McGill is due to be grilled by Bolton Wanderers' lawyer today.

4:46pm

SEM CEO Jerome Anderson and Mr Sheron are set to give evidence tomorrow, starting at 9.45am.

4:29pm

The defence will start their case tomorrow. 

A full report from today's events will follow on www.theboltonnews.co.uk and in tomorrow's paper.

4:27pm

Mr Budworth is still clarifying points raised during Mr McGill's lengthy cross-examination. 

Judge Waksman has now started asking some questions. After approximately a day and a half, Mr McGill has now almost finished giving evidence.

3:51pm

Mr McGill's counsel Martin Budworth is now re-examining Mr McGill.

3:47pm

Mr McGill also said he 'smelt a rat' when he heard Sammy Lee and Dave Sheron, a defendant from SEM who Mr McGill alleges was working as an unlicensed agent at the time, had discussed Mr McCann.

3:46pm

In that time, mr McGill was quizzed over his friendship with the late Jack Chapman, and why he contacted no Wanderers staff more senior than Mr Chapman, chief scout Dave Worthington and Ricky Sbragia about his alleged deal with Gavin McCann.

3:43pm

More signal problems have scuppered updates since we resumed at 2.15pm.

Mr Berragan has now finished his cross-examination.

1:07pm

Apologies for the recent absence of updates but the signal in court can drop sometimes.

The case has now been adjourned for lunch.

Prior to the break, Mr Berragan was asking Mr McGill about the phone records he has provided.

In particular he focused on the lack of contact between the agent and anyone at Wanderers between March 29 and May 8, suggesting Bolton was not a prime target for Mr McGill at that time.

12:43pm

Mr Berragan is analysing Mr McGill's promises to Mr McCann that he would cover his tax liabilities if he completed a deal on his behalf.

12:22pm

Now Mr Berragan has turned his attentions to the McCann deal. 

Mr McGill admits promising to pay McCann's tax out of his own pocket if the club refused to do so.

 

12:19pm

Mr Berragan strongly questioning he legality of Mr McGill's dual representation agreement with Mr Friedel.

raises point that player paying half, would mean club reclaiming VAT on other half. 

12:05pm

He questions what Mr McGilk would have done had Villa not agreed to gross up his wages. Mr McGill says "brad would have paid me". 

He then changes his mind and says he would have seeked a dual representation agreement.

12:03pm

Mr Berragan is now referring to a previous deal involving Mr McGill, when Brad Friedel joined Aston Villa.

11:40am

The court has briefly risen for a break, expecting to get back underway in a few minutes.

11:34am

Mr McGill points he immediately sent a text to Mr McCann following the call, asking "Bolton?", which  was followed by a call back from the midfielder, lasting more than three minutes. 

11:32am

Mr McGill claims his phone call to Jack Chapman on March 29, 2007, suggesting Mr McCann's name, is proven by his knowledge of Wanderers desire for new players. Mr Berragan disputes this, arguing Mr McGill simply rang Mr Chapman as he knew him.

11:30am

Mr Berragan is now discussing a mass email, sent to various agents including Mr McGill in October 2006. The agent claims it showed his motivation to suggest various players to Bolton.

11:30am

Mr Berragan is now discussing a mass email, sent to various agents including Mr McGill in October 2006. The agent claims it showed his motivation to suggest various players to Bolton.

11:27am

Locked in a debate now over types of agent contracts and which party pays them.

11:06am

Discussing the regulations in place to prohibit this.

11:03am

On to "switching" now, which is what Mr McGill alleges SEM did with the eventual McCann transfer to Wanderers. Verbally agreeing with a player, then signing the deal on behalf of the club. SEM deny this took place. 

10:57am

Penalties for breaching rules can be warning/reprimand or withdrawing/suspending an agent's licence. Mr McGill agrees it's a serious punishment.

10:56am

Mr Berragan is reading from the regulations. Contravening regulations constitutes "serious misconduct". Mr McGill agrees. 

10:52am

Mr Berragan is now quizzing Mr McGill over his understanding of the FA's agent regulations.

10:42am

Are the regulations designed for the benefit of football agents? " I think they are designed for the benefit of the FA."

10:40am

Discussing whether McGill thinks his oral agreement with McCann was a serious breach of rules. He says "no, and the FA told me it wasn't".

10:36am

Wanderers' counsel Neil Berragan is now starting his cross-examination of Mr McGill.

10:36am

Wanderers' counsel Neil Berragan is now starting his cross-examination of Mr McGill.

10:35am

Mrs Walmisley concludes her interrogation, finishing by asking McGill about a document listing players nearing the end of contracts. She alleges it proves Mr McGill was trying to parachute into a deal, as he did with Mr McCann's transfer. He denies it strenuously, arguing the document was stolen from him at an agents' function at the Emirates Stadium in London.

10:28am

Says he trusted him to keep the information confidential.

10:24am

Mr McGill admits he disclosed the £1m asking price, £26,000-a-week wages he claims no one else got from Villa manager Martin O'Neill to another agent, Francis Martin.

10:24am

Mr McGill admits he disclosed the £1m asking price, £26,000-a-week wages he claims no one else got from Villa manager Martin O'Neill to another agent, Francis Martin.

10:22am

Judge Waksman orders Mr McGill to listen carefully to Mrs Walmisley's questions.

10:20am

McGill had meetings with Ally McCoist, Rangers manager, and David McNally, then Fulham chief executive, regarding Mr McCann's availability.

10:18am

After a meeting with Gavin McCann on April 6, McGill contacted 11 clubs offering the player.

10:16am

SEM lawyer Lisa Walmisley is continuing her cross-examination of Mr McGill.

10:16am

We're just getting underway after a brief pause to debate whether some new legal documents can be included in the trial.

10:10am

Morning all. We're back in court again today for the third day of Tony McGill's attempt to sue Bolton Wanderers and rival agency SEM.

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