The West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of the game. Gold’s outburst comes after Premier League executives called for a ban on clubs paying agents.The 20 clubs collectively aired their frustration with so-called “dual representation”, whereby the agent is paid twice, once by the player and once by the club. They are understood to have the Football Association’s backing in abolishing the practice, which has led to agents being paid increasingly astronomical transfer fees. Liverpool lead way in £200m Premier League spend on agents’ fees Gold, who has been joint chairman at West Ham since 2010, said: “They are starting to run football. They are certainly sucking tons of money out of football. We are all trying to pay less, they are doing nothing for football. I can’t believe it is even a discussion. Other than agents, everybody else is against them.” Asked if they were disrupting the game, he added: “That goes with the territory. They are certainly doing that.”The Premier League has also received backing for a number of other proposals it hopes will reduce the influence of agents. These include an exam, a check they have a working UK bank account and a requirement that they provide an annual financial statement to the league.The increasing power of agents has led to them becoming among the most influential figures in football. Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, earned £41m from the £86m transfer of the midfielder from Juventus to Manchester United two years ago, taking money from both clubs. Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, is reportedly the wealthiest agent in football and much of his money comes from fees paid by clubs.Football intermediaries collectively earned more than £220m in fees paid by clubs in England and Wales last year, including £211m from top-tier sides. Gold and other executives made a move towards abolishing completely the process of clubs paying agents at a Premier League meeting in London.“The FA certainly is line with our feelings that something has to be done,” Gold said. “From the beginning it’s not been something that we want and they don’t want. Now it’s Fifa and Uefa we need to come into line and we are hoping they come up with something.” Read more Finances news Share on Facebook Football agents Until 2015 dual representation was illegal in England but that was reversed when Fifa deregulated the way agents operate. HM Revenue & Customs is also understood to be looking at the way dual representation could be used to circumnavigate tax laws.Last season there were 541 player transactions involving Premier League clubs and at least 426 of these, 79%, involved dual representation, according to an investigation by the Times. Moreover, every single one of Manchester City’s 52 transactions involved dual representation, as did almost all of those deals that involved Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.Meanwhile it is understood the Premier League has made headway on finding a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who will leave his post as executive chairman on 14 December. A list of 35 has been whittled down to a shortlist of 10 prospective candidates to replace Scudamore after 20 years in charge. West Ham United Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Premier League Share on Messenger
Mexico How will Mexico line up against Germany? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 10:19 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany World Cup What is El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio planning to do in a game he’s had months to prepare for? Click here for the confirmed starting XIsYou don’t have to know much about Mexico to know manager Juan Carlos Osorio is a planner. In May, he said he’d decided on his starting XI for this game after the March friendlies.However, injuries that forced Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes out of the World Cup derailed those plans, and now the manager has to deal with a group he’s lined up for only the past two weeks. Who has stood out in training? Are there any fringe players who have won his confidence? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As we do before every Mexico match, Goal is projecting three possible lineups for El Tri. Let’s take a look at how Mexico could line up in the biggest match in four years.Vela in free roleOsorio didn’t bring Jesus Molina to Russia, even though he knew Reyes was an injury doubt. Yet, he knows he needs more force in the midfield than he did when his squad faced Germany in the Confederations Cup. That’s why he could have both Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado sit back and hand a free role to a player like Carlos Vela.Vela can drop behind Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and play as a number 10 or overload the left side of defense where the left-footer already enjoys playing. This lineup seems like the most probable, with Hector Moreno and Miguel Layun playing on the left side of defense against a strong Germany attack.There are subtle tweaks that could be made here, though. Hugo Ayala could come in as the right center back and push Carlos Salcedo to right back with Edson Alvarez dropping to the bench. Or this could end up playing in a standard 4-3-3. Vela has played as an interior midfielder for El Tri before.Layun in the middleLayun is an incredibly versatile player, and his talents almost feel wasted at left back. Osorio has looked to get Layun into the midfield, playing him there in Mexico’s send-off friendly against Scotland, and said he could compete for a job there.The issue, then, is who takes over at left back, with the answer being Jesus Gallardo. The converted winger has adapted well to life as a defender and had decent showings in recent friendly games. However, he’s still a question mark there, and with the option to play Layun against a team as strong as Germany, it might be a risk Osorio isn’t willing to take.If he does take it, it could be a bridge too far to also play 20-year-old Alvarez, so Ayala steps in with Salcedo moving to the right in this projection.Up front, Jesus Corona loses his spot to Vela despite “Tecatito” playing the best of any Mexico player over the course of three pre-World Cup friendly matches.Trust in AlvarezOsorio also could total surprise with a roster like this one, putting Alvarez straight into the starting XI as the central midfielder. That would free up Herrera to do more going forward, but it would be a tough for the Club America man to see his World Cup debut come against the reigning world champion. Alvarez did play better in midfield than he did in defense during the friendly matches ahead of the tournament, so it’s not out of the question. If he’s blown the coaching staff away in training, it would allow for an experienced back four with Guardado and Herrera getting more freedom to attack – something Osorio made clear in Saturday’s news conference that he wants to do.