SEAN Dyche has defended the role of agents in football after the industry came in for criticism in recent weeks.

The role agents play in the game has been under attack recently after it was reported that Paul Pogba's representative Mino Raiola earned £41million from his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

FIFA is set to investigate that deal, with president Gianni Infantino calling for more transparency around transfers, while FA chairman Greg Clarke said the role agents play in the game needs to be debated.

Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has also recently been critical of the fees being paid to agents in the Premier League after the revelations surrounding the Pogba deal.

Dyche said that the role agents play were now just part of the sport and said they often played an important role in getting transfers done.

"You can look at it either way, whether you like it or not they're a reality of the business and they’re vital in many cases," the Clarets chief said.

"For every time you moan about an agent you’d need one. You just hope business is done properly, effectively and appropriately in every case."

Dyche said there were still times when he'd done deals quickly with agents being involved.

The Burnley boss added: "There are still occasions when I've spoken to a manager and got things done quickly and agents have been involved. But it’s been a quick dialogue and situation and very easy to deal with. Some managers like that, some prefer to use agents or the clubs prefer to use agents.

"There’s so much depth to deals, there’s a lot of parties involved."