Agent Wins Court Appeal Over McCann Bolton Transfer

  • November 09, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Football agent Tony McGill has been successful at the Court of Appeal and will receive a six-figure sum relating to Gavin McCann's transfer to Bolton.

McCann joined Wanderers in a £1million move from Aston Villa in June 2007, with an agency payment of £300,000 making its way to Sports and Entertainment Media Group (SEM) instead of McGill, who had verbally agreed to a deal with the player prior to completion and signing of a contract.

After years of contesting the case, the trial was brought to a close at Newcastle Crown Court in September 2015, where McGill was ordered to pay 80% of court costs and a further 30% of those from SEM.

McGill immediately made clear his intention to fight the judgement of Judge Tim Gittins and his fight has been successful, following a ruling that Sammy Lee, manager of Bolton at the time of the transfer, knowingly provided false evidence.

After leaving the Court of Appeal, McGill expressed relief that his journey for justice had come to a successful end, saying: "It has been a long road, mentally draining at times, frustrating and depressing.

"But if you stick at it and follow your beliefs with the hope things will turn your way.

"I am not bitter and will now continue to work within football and move on."

The total amount owed to McGill will be determined at a later date, with the original trial judge to explore how much the agent may have been entitled to - a fee which would equate to the £300,000 paid to SEM nine years ago.

Bolton Wanderers and The Football Association declined to comment.

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