Ive never understood why semi pro players need agents - they dont get paid much as it is, and then give away money to someone foe nothing, would have thought ghey would have enough about them to negotiate their own contracts.
You wouldnt get an agent involved negotiating a salary for a new job at say Tesco (for arguments sake) so dont see what they gain from it.
Only people gaining seem to be the agents.
Can anyone enlighten me as to why?
I guess that, by employing someone who's 'clued up' to handle their affairs, players assume that they will be offered the best deal possible. Also, having someone negotiating on your behalf removes the stress of having to tout your services to every club in the league at the end of each season. I guess that they have their benefits in that respect. However, I can't really fathom why any semi-pro player would be willing to pay a representative a portion of their wage for a job that they could surely do themselves. Maybe they don't trust the clubs to offer them what they're worth? I have a suspicion that there's also a little vanity and 'keeping up with the Jones'' mentality invokved - i.e. "I've got an agent, I've made it". All supposition of course, I don't really know the ins and outs of any arrangement.
However, in terms of the whole 'phenomenon', I'd say that undoubtedly the biggest winners are the agents themselves, with the players in second and the clubs bottom of the pile. In a time when clubs like our own are struggling desperately to stay afloat and make ends meet, agents aren't helpful as they simply push wages up in order to increase the size of their own cut.
Edited by TheTerminator, 05 August 2013 - 06:45 PM.