LiveFootball agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 6

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  • The lawsuit from agent Tony McGill against Bolton Wanderers and the Sport and Entertainment Media Group enters its sixth day.
  • Ex-Wanderers midfielder Gavin McCann, whose move is at the heart of the case, will be giving evidence this morning.
  • Wanderers defendants, including chairman Phil Gartside, are set to take to the stand next.
  • Mr McGill is pursuing costs of £390,000 - he claims the club colluded with rival agency SEM to cut him out of Mr McCann's move from Aston Villa.


We're still going here, had lunch.

Mr McCann is still giving evidence, reveals that Mr McGill asked him whether he was interested in Resding or Bolton.

Reiterates that the man was relentless and a pest.


Having a short break now, to aid the court transcribers.


Mr McCann says he did refer to Martin O'Neill as "weird" but says there are no issues between him and the Republic of Ireland manager.


Mr McCann appears to confirm that SEM were guilty of the illegal process called "switching" when he moved to Villa from Sunderland in 2003. 

SEM were representing Villa according to the transfer's paperwork.

mcCann says as far as he knew, Jeffrey Weston as sorting out the deal on his behalf.

Adds that he did not leave SEM until 2004 when he was hit with a tax bill.


Describes his anger at being hit with tax bills at Sunderland - earns good money and pays a lot of tax, he says.


Describes Mr McGill as a "pest" and a "chancer".


McGill claims a call made from Mr McCann to him at 18.51 on June 7 was to tell him about a medical and that Dave Sheron had sorted it out.

Mr McCann denies this - says he was at Tamworth Services and can't remember why he made the call.


Says he had no reason to feel bad about Mr McGill as he had been sending him abusive texts from the moment the deal as finalised.


Chris Lumsden said McCann told him he felt bad about the position that he left Mr McGill in at a wedding just after the Bolton transfer.

McCann denies this - "Lumsden is easily led, I used to boss him around the park."


Mr McCann is currently appealing for a tax rebate as the Bolton move was done without an agent.

he feels he is owed money, a court hears."


Mr McCann is now taking to the witness stand after a period of what Judge David Waksman called "housekeeping".


The court is filling up - Gavin McCann and Phil Gartside are both here.


Good morning once again from the Manchester Civil Justice Centre as the case against Bolton Wanderers resumes after a two-day break. The case will also be heard tomorrow and provisional dates of the 22nd and 23rd of April have been mooted as possible back-up days should the case overrun. 

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