Patrick Barclay QnA #1

Friday, February 21st, 2020 5:42pm

By Will Cracknell @WillCrackers

Paddy Barclay sat down with Love Sport to answer twitter users' questions about the biggest issues in football right now. 

Barclay presents Stone & Barclay's Weekend Countdown every Friday 12-3PM and had a lot to say about agents' fees, British managers and Jose Mourinho at Spurs. 

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"Absolutely brilliant question. Why don't clubs get together? I've been arguing this for years.

"It has actually been proved that agents fees come down dramatically if players pay them themselves. The problem about clubs getting together though is that clubs don't get together. Also, it is a common feeling among clubs that agents are beneficial to their work. As far as the public are concerned, it's quite the opposite.

"But I don't think there's any chance practically of clubs getting together and doing that."

"I've yet to digest that one, I'm afraid. It's a very good question. The impact of Brexit on football so far has been zero as far as I can see. And also our employment laws thus far have created almost a special status for footballers. But I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this and I hope you're going to ask me again when I know the answer.

"Yes, again it's another a rhetorical question. I'm sure there's no doubt about it that if Dyche were to go to Schalke or Lyon and succeed, his chances of landing an "elite" Premier League club would definitely increase.

"It's quite interesting that, for example, Brendan Rodgers is now in a very good Premier League job having done no harm to his reputation just by crossing Hadrian's Wall into Scotland.

"So, yes, I think to be at a club on the European mainland, which plays regularly, particularly if it plays regularly in the Champions, or Europa League, would would do the trick. The problem is that the wages in the English Premier League are so good that the temptation to stay on home soil is overwhelming."

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"I think he will succeed back in London. I think that coming back to the city where his home is gives him a really good chance of being happier and more productive than he was in Manchester where he was living in a hotel.

"It's quite a quite a big difference between the way Pep Guardiola - his rival - insisted on buying an apartment in central Manchester, being part of the community, because he felt that would help him to understand it better and work better within it. And I think that if, if Jose had done the same thing, it would have helped him in my Manchester.

"But my impression was that he was just treading water there anyway. I think if if that impression came over to the players it explains why he didn't have the success that he's had at other places.

"At the moment at Tottenham, he's been unlucky in that he's lost, in my opinion, three of his very best players with the injuries to Harry Kane and Son and of course the necessity to transfer Christian Eriksen. But I think that in the end he will be a success at Tottenham."

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