Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has launched a sensational attack on the role of player agents in today's modern game.
Speaking after the club secured the services of Ferrie Bodde on a long term deal, the Spaniard has been critical of the role of agents in the protracted saga. In the war of words that were spoken between Derby County , Swansea City and the player himself all made for a complex set of negotiations.
Bodde had openly criticised the club for their conduct over the way in which the board and Martinez dealt with the negotiation process with Derby chairman Adam Pearson. It has led to calls from Martinez to urge the footballing authorities to act and root out the culture of football agents in the game and the Spaniard believes the underhand approaches are spoiling the game and in turn it is making players less loyal to clubs.
Martinez Told SWEP:
|" It is not a relief of ending the saga, it is a great feeling of having a player who wants to stay here and develop his career. What has happened this summer has been because of our success. With every successful team unfortunately you have people who want to make money out of it. We all know we lost a couple of players because of financial terms not football terms. Someone has been trying to act as Ferrie's agent. He is not his agent. His own agent has always been clear and kept everyone informed. That has been a good way to deal with the situation."|
"Unfortunately you get other agents that have no relationship with the player and the club and come to try and make money. Long term, this situation needs to be looked at at Fifa level and they need to try and stop it. It is ruining the loyalty in the game and in modern football that is a huge problem. Ferrie has made a football decision, because I think it is very obvious that it is not a financial decision. It is very refreshing in modern football. Time after time with every successful team they get agents and people from the outside trying to make quick business. That affects players' minds. Ferrie has said all along that they have been messing around with his head."
"He says that they have said things he has never said. I think the fans will understand Ferrie has come back to training and has the feeling that Swansea is his home. He wants to fight for his place and from Swansea City's point of view we have signed a £2million player." '
Date:Wednesday July 16 2008
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