FORWARD THE GAME: FA face calls to launch an investigation into Erling Haaland’s super agent Mino Raiola over possible ‘rule violation’ while new PFA chief Maheta Molango must cut costs and restructure the job
- The FA is facing calls from agents to investigate Mino Raiola for a violation of the rules
- The super agent claimed in February that he is not signing contracts with customers
- PFA chief Maheta Molango has to start with cost cutting in the organization
- Brentford’s new grounds raise questions about other clubs’ stadium ratings
The FA faces calls from agents to investigate Mino Raiola for a possible violation of the governing body’s intermediary regulations.
In an interview with BBC Sport in February, Raiola said he does not sign any contracts with his clients, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Erling Haaland. Now rival agents are claiming this is against the rules.
The FA is aware of Raiola’s comments and is investigating whether a formal investigation should be opened.
The FA is facing calls to investigate Mino Raiola following comments from the super agent
Raiola claimed in a BBC interview that he does not contract with his clients
The 53-year-old appears to be intent on dominating the summer transfer window by creating an auction for Haaland after starting talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid about the Dortmund forward this week. He also plans to meet with representatives from Manchester City and Chelsea.
The matter seems to be clear if Raiola’s interview is to be conducted outright, with paragraph B1 of the FA handbook stating: ‘An intermediary and a player or a club (if applicable) must have entered into a validly executed written statement . Representation agreement before that intermediary has performed an intermediary on his or her behalf. ”
The FA is under pressure to ask Raiola for an explanation, although it is unclear whether they have received any formal complaints. Raiola’s comments raised eyebrows in an industry where player representation contracts are standard, with two-year deals the most common.
Raiola is negotiating to try to seal £ 154m summer move for Erling Haaland
Molango needs to reduce PFA costs
New PFA chief Maheta Molango’s first job this summer is to cut spending and restructure staff, with Gordon Taylor’s longtime allies John Bramhall and Bobby Barnes among the most vulnerable.
Molango has assumed a salary less than a quarter of Taylor’s, about £ 500,000, and there is widespread acceptance at the PFA that an executive structure should be streamlined with two deputy chief executives and three assistant chiefs.
The PFA was the only football organization not to implement pay cuts or job cuts as a result of Covid, but that certainly seems to be changing. One of the questions the candidates were asked during their PFA interview was how they would manage a layoff program.
Another early task for Molango is to oversee the recruitment of a chairman, as incumbent Ben Purkiss has agreed to step down at the same time as Taylor.
PFA’s new CEO, Maheta Molango, faces cost cutting and restructuring
EFL loan compares favorably with other clubs
The terms of the £ 117.5 million loan taken out by the EFL this week to help members cover lost receipts during the pandemic are very favorable compared to the loans taken out by various clubs.
The EFL has received about two percent interest from US funders MetLife, while clubs like Derby and Sunderland pay up to 10 percent interest on MSD Capital loans.
As an indication of the magnitude of the EFL’s financial crisis, 14 of the 24 Championship clubs have applied for access to the funding, which is capped at £ 8.3 million per club.
Bees ‘new land costs raise questions about rivals’ valuations
The full construction cost of Brentford’s new site in a prime location in West London, which came out as £ 71.8 million in the accounts released this week, raises further questions about the stadium ratings of several of their rivals. the championship.
Derby sold Pride Park for £ 81.1 million two years ago to a company controlled by owner Mel Morris, and the EFL has also raised questions about the Reading and Sheffield Wednesday valuations.
The construction costs of the Brentford site raise questions about the valuations of other clubs
Sutton United’s expensive promotion
Sutton United represents half of the £ 900,000 in future earnings they will receive if they win the National League this season to ensure their Gander Green Lane grounds meet EFL standards.
To confirm their place in League Two, Sutton must tear up the plastic field they installed six years ago and replace it with a hybrid turf, and make improvements to other stadium areas.
Sutton has a two-point lead at the top of the table with three games in hand over second-seeded Hartlepool and is thus on track to reach the Football League for the first time.