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The Upson Agent Story

The Upson Agent Story

After Blues turned down yet another approach, his agent Barry Neville, has started whinging.

Ignoring my own beliefs on Upson, Neville is claiming that Blues have gone back on a verbal agreement to sell the player for a set fee after 4 years.

There's that pig and I smell ****!

Let's for a second believe this is true and Blues did give him a verbal - that makes Neville a useless agent because he failed to protect his clients rights by getting it writing.

Now let's believe the truth, it's nonsense. At no point during his contract discussions did they agree that in somepoint after 4 years he could leave for what is being reported as £6 million.

It would not happen, if had've it would've been in writing and I doubt it would've been for a derisory £6 million.

Had Neville been on the ball he would've complained about the touting and the mention of 'silly money' being £10 million (should Chelsea have bid was the example given), but he didn't. He's gone for the PR stunt of criticising the club over something he cannot possibly prove and all the club can say is 'no we didn't' so it turns into a pantomime.

'Matt is disappointed after having been told he could leave Birmingham for a certain amount - and what has been offered has gone way past that.

'There's not really much more I can say other than I'm disappointed and I'm disappointed for Matt.

'As to whether he would be interested in a move to West Ham, that can't be answered until a bid has been accepted.'

Personally I think Upson should be disciplined over this. He contracts the agent to work and speak on his behalf, the agent would not have said this had he not had the all clear from Upson - if anything else was true, Upson would've denied this by now and criticised his agent, he hasn't - therefore he is as guilty for bringing the club into disrepute with detrimental publicity as his agent who actually opened his gob.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday January 28 2007
Time: 12:26PM


Much as I would like to see him come to Upton Park (he's a good player - overrated perhaps - but good nonetheless) I wholeheartedly agree with you that Upson should take responsibility for what his agent says. Not that it matters so much now he's come out a spoken himself. Player power is frustrating, even if it's our club who may benefit on this occasion.
Adam Mansell
29/01/2007 09:09:00
Upson needs to shut up and just play football. That's his job. He should not chase wages, because he has enough. Good player, when his mind is on what he is supposed to be doing, and not a dhort-term Premiership whim.
29/01/2007 10:53:00
Yeah covered his direct ramblings today. Something has to give in football because the latest I've heard is a player after a certain period of time can buy out his own contract. If that comes into force along with Bosman then what is the point of contracts in the first place? Football survived as a seperate work entity only because contracts were worth something, more and more thesedays they are pointless because of laws and agents working behind the scenes. West Ham might benefit this time round but if he signs a contract with you and wants a relegation release then what's the point in a 3 year contract if you go down? Clubs will win a couple but unless you are in the boats of Ferguscum or **** off Mourinho you'll lose far more than you win.
29/01/2007 16:56:00
I think his quotes today prove it's all about money (there's a surprise!) Citing West Ham's spending power and still not putting in a transfer request, because once he does that he forgo's transfer benefits and any bonuses owed to him, that's the only reason he hasn't put in a request. He should be forced to do a proper job for a living then maybe he'd appreciate his over inflated wages as they stand. I loved the comment about protecting his reputation, it shows he doesn't live in the same world as the rest of us as those who sell their services to the highest bidder normally want to get rid of their reputation.
29/01/2007 16:59:00
If he wants to go and you get 6 million outright you should have sold him last week whilst there was still time to bring in reinforcements. I bet he still goe;s just as the window is closing so the money stays in the bank till the end of the season. 6 million and a parachute payment to start next seasons campaign off would do nicely, would not have to worry so much about the missing fans too much.
29/01/2007 18:07:00
I did post he would leave but doe's this put Bruce in a situation he doe's not want to be in, the board left it to late to bring in a replacement for upson leaving Bruce up shti creek
01/02/2007 11:36:00
Looks like you were right Col8! There's talk of your Ridgewell, but I cna't see it coming off to be honest.
05/02/2007 12:58:00
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