McKay slams Stevens inquiry

December 21, 2006

Willie McKay has revealed he was one of the eight agents who failed to co-operate with Lord Stevens' investigation into alleged illegal payments and has criticised the way the inquiry has been conducted.

Stevens announced the findings of his Quest team's nine-month inquiry into alleged illegal payments by revealing that 17 transfers - out of 362 - still require further investigation because eight football agents have failed to co-operate.

Instead, of naming names, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner made some searing criticisms of the Football Association and the accounting procedures of some unnamed clubs, and produced some 39 observation and recommendations.

McKay, however, has admitted he was one of the agents who refused to help Stevens' inquiry.

He told the Daily Mirror: 'I did not answer the questions on the questionnaire because as far as I am concerned the Football Association already had the information.

'I filled out all of the appropriate forms on all the deals at the time and there has never been any query about this. I have nothing to hide.

'I was very unhappy that my name was constantly appearing in newspaper articles that seem to have leaked from the Quest team.

'It is no way to carry out a so-called investigation.'

Key findings and recommendations of inquiry

• 17 of the original 362 transfers have yet to be cleared.

• Eight agents refused to co-operate fully with the Stevens inquiry.

• Many recommendations made by the previous bungs inquiry in 1997 have not been adopted.

• Three clubs breached transfer rules because they did not know the correct regulations. Their cases will be passed to the Premier League and Football Association for possible disciplinary action.

• Players are often unaware how much their agents are receiving - in 15 transfers the agents' fee was more than the player's annual salary.

• 16 Premier League clubs failed to document financial arrangements connected to their transfers appropriately. On three occasions payments were made to agents with no supporting invoices; two clubs failed to enter into written agreements with the agents; six clubs failed to identify an agent who had acted in a transfer.

• 20 agents act together or in informal partnerships without always disclosing this to the club or player.

• Significant conflicts of interest identified including payments by an agent to a firm managed by a relative of a club official. One agent acted for two clubs and a player in a single transfer.

• The FA 'failed to monitor in any detailed or systematic way the arrangements connected to transfers occurring during the inquiry period'.

• The FA's clearing-house system failed to review the information on unusual payments or transfers as thoroughly as it should have done.