Football agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 7
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- Live updates from the seventh day of a court case in which football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and agency SEM for £390,000.
- Mr McGill claims he was cut out of the deal to move Gavin McCann from Aston Villa to Bolton Wanderers.
Says Wanderers in debt at the time - can't remember figure but it was "a lot of money"
Court hears that only Mr Gartside had the authority to appoint an agent to act on the club's behalf when a fee of the size of £300,000 was involved.
Wanderers general secretary Simon Marland has now been called. It appears chairman Phil Gartside will now be giving evidence next Tuesday.
Back underway and Mr Budworth is continuing his cross-examination of Mr Lee.
Lunch is now being taken. Join us again at 2pm
Says he knew who Mr McGill was having encountered him at Sunderland.
Said he cannot remember being handed a mobile while at Nicolas Anelka's wedding in Marrakech to speak with Mr McGill.
Ricky Sbragia says he said it was "nothing to do with him" and handed it back.
Says he did not come to know that the scouts had spoken to McCann at his first home match as boss, against Villa at the Reebok on May 13.
Chief scout Dave Worthington says he had promoted McCann as a target.
Mr Lee says Mr McCann has not been suggested to him by Mr Worthington or Jack Chapman, a now deceased former scout.
Says he never discussed an overall transfer budget with chairman Phil Gartside.
Court has previously been told Mr Lee and Dave Sheron from SEM were friends but Mr Lee said he did not know Mr McCann had a connection with SEM.
Says he would have had Gavin McCann in mind when he was approaching summer recruitment in 2007.
Mr McParland has finished his evidence, Sammy Lee has replaced him in the stand.
Says SEM's Steve Horner will have presented him and Mr Lee with a list of names at his disposal.
Mr Horner said McParland or Lee brought up McCann's name. They both think this likely, although a strand of Wanderers' defence is that Horner raised the name, a court hears.
Just about to resume after a 10-minute break to aid the shorthand writers.
Agrees agents are "very well paid" for what they do.
Mr McGill texted Mr McParland to say he was a "cheat" who should be kicked out of football.
Ignored those messages.
Describes Mr McGill as a crank - claims not a serious threat to his position at Bolton
Says he was inexperienced at the time and May have made mistakes after being questioned over why he did not report McGill's claims to the Bolton hierarchy.
Says he knew Phil Gartside would have knocked back attempts to spend more
Says spending £1m on a midfield player was a budget plan as was wages of £20-25k a week.
Says Steve Horner is an excellent agent and that he would trust him to tell him the truth.
Says a second phone calle from McGill came in while he was on a family holiday in Tenerife. Says he was on for two hours and that he "couldn't get rid of him".
Says he did not know Mr McGill before he rang asking about the deal on May 28.
Maintains that Mr Horner told him both Aston Villa and Mr McCann were agreeable to transfer.
Mr Horner denied speaking to Villa yesterday.
Denies his Liverpool and Bolton roles overlapping represents a conflict of interest. Says arrangement with Liverpool was transparent.
McParland says he brokered Guthrie deal with Mr Benitez verbally.
Mr McParland says all he knew was that Mr Hirner was Guthrie's agent.
Yet he represented Bolton on paperwork for the deal.
Agrees Steve Horner did not do a lot of work on Guthrie deal.
Admits he would not have paid an agent to bring a loan player in.
Says the loan move of Danny Guthrie to Bolton that's summer would have been "very straightforward" to sort out, given his Liverpool links.
Adds that Benitez initially wanted him to stay but relented after persistence from new Wanderers manager Sammy Lee.
He started work for Wanderers despite being employed in his old job at Liverpool until June 30.
Says Rafa Benitez allowed him to start work while contracted to the Anfield club.
Denies that Champions League qualification, a clause in McCann's contract, was "realistic"
Wanderers finished 7th that season, Liverpool 3rd.
McParland denies that Wanderers and Liverpool were rivals.
Martin Budworth, representing Mr McGill, starts his interrogation.
Gong through a list of things that Mr McParland was definitely doing on dates in April, May and June 2007.
Tells a court the second meeting with SEM agents at the Neighbourhood restaurant in Liverpool was on either the 25th or 26th of May.
Confirms his name and that his witness statement is true.
Frank McParland has been called.
Remember this case boils down to allegations that Wanderers colluded in backdating transfer papers, dealt with an unlicensed agent and illegally claimed to be using an agent through the "switching" process so Gavin McCann would not be hit with an unwanted tax bill.
We have had to briefly adjourn but evidence will resume shortly - were due to start at 10am sharp here at the "filing cabinet".
The trial will not finish today, as originally planned.
Sammy Lee and Simon Marland will have to give their evidence after the Easter weekend on April 22.
Morning all. Phil Gartside is due to give evidence today.
The club's director of football at the time of the McCann deal, Frank McParland, is set to give evidence first.
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