In a slightly amusing twist of fate, and if North East football correspondent for the Sun Steve Brenner is to be trusted, Mr. McIntosh doesn’t even represent the player! This actually makes a lot of sense as Swiss TV was reporting Barnetta was on a £27k p/w deal – whether or not that is converted or in funny money, I have no idea – nor do I know the difference.
The words the spook agent used were:
“They have made an approach, but their offer equates to somewhere in the region of £40,000-a-week – which is just ridiculous. Why on earth would Tranquillo move to Newcastle for less money?”
“No offense to Newcastle, he would possibly consider going to Arsenal, Liverpool even Tottenham for less – but not Newcastle.”
If truth be told, that’s a rather scathing attack on us for very little reason but, seemingly, to get his name in the press. Personally I think this is all hilarious now the truth has came out – and it certainly appears to be true as Sky Sports have pulled the article from their website.
Steve Brenner said this on, of course,
So loudmouth Barry McIntosh doesn’t represent Barnetta at all. Yet he was slagging off #nufc bid this morning? Agents pretending to be agents.
Sometimes you can’t help but laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of it all and hopefully most of you join me in a good old fashioned, hearty, Geordie guffaw – you truly couldn’t make this stuff up.
Being of a generally inquisitive nature and in the mood for some e-sleuthing, I stopped trying to find out who was threatening Duncan Bannatyne’s daughter and turned my intentions to this curious fellow and was unsurprised by what I found.
Turns out he appears to be one of those “expensive free agent” pushers, representing a certain Ewerthon who we were chasing last January after the sale of a certain Andy Carroll. At the time he handled himself with a certain grace and dignity in his dealings, saying simply that Ewerthon was considering his options.
That reply is short and sweet thanks to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that everybody discussing a contract (the agent) is required to sign. Basically saying that the details of such will not be given to the press, so why did he say those mean, mean words about our beloved club?
Well, it’s obvious he wasn’t under any particular NDA and if he was it must have been very loosely worded to the point where “can complain in the press about nasty, nasty Newcastle about somebody you don’t actually represent.”
It makes you wonder if the reason we didn’t land Ewerthon was due to the end of season deal and wage demands by the club that the ageing striker and agent were not happy with. Instead he went to Terek Grozny under which a certain Ruud Gullit managed and was sacked due to a bad run of results. How the mighty have fallen!
I’d like to think for his sake that these words are taken very much out of context, otherwise he’s made himself look quite the Trotters Independent Traders, if you get my meaning.
As a Toon fan I can honestly confirm that the fun simply does not stop!