Football agents are “a cancer in the development of young people”, says talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan.
The former Crystal Palace chairman has never been shy about expressing his dislike of player representatives and has launched a fresh attack on their conduct amid former Liverpool starlet Bobby Duncan’s ongoing feud with former agent Saif Rubie.
Rubie, who now works as a middleman, joined talkSPORT on Monday where he spoke about his involvement in the transfer of former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.
Another topic discussed was Duncan’s acrimonious exit from his boyhood club which saw Rubie accuse Liverpool of ‘bullying and mentally destroying’ the player.
Duncan then joined Fiorentina, but his career is on a downward spiral. He is currently plying his trade with Spanish third division side Real Balompedica Linense.
And Duncan’s tragedy is a tale Jordan knows all too well.
“I’ve seen the influence they have,” Jordan said of White and Jordan.
“I watched the tentacles they put in the players, what they give to the players, how they influence the players, to see things a certain way.
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“There are so many times I’ve sat at agent tables saying ‘I can do this, if you give me some extra money I’ll sign my player for this.
“You work for this player and you are ready to prostitute him to earn money for you. It’s not once, it’s not twice, I’ve seen it many, many times.
“When we talk about the ridiculous documentaries, how they spit out kids like a sausage factory, agents are the biggest cancer of youth development in this country because they are the ones who create the image in the minds of young players .
“They’re the ones who won’t tell them the truth, they’re the ones who won’t prepare the kids for the fact that there’s a real possibility they won’t get the top grade.”
On the Duncan saga, Jordan added: “It’s an absurd set of circumstances where an 18-year-old doesn’t really know the world and he was led to believe he was a top player.
“He went to America with Liverpool and he’s seen as close to the first team, but reality came knocking on his door. A few people didn’t want to tell him some truths, but [manager] Jürgen Klopp did.
“It didn’t suit him because he’s an ambitious young lad. What he needed was the right voices around him, his family and also the agent.
“Nobody can apologize for the equation, you can’t blame it all on Saif Rubie, you have to take responsibility yourself.
“Saif comes here and talks about the reality of the situation, it’s absurd the things he said. He called [ex-Liverpool sporting director] Michael Edwards, Data Analyst…
“At the same time, dragging this kid into a social media discussion about people’s mental health and well-being and now we have a situation where a young boy, who is partly responsible for the choices he did and chose to take advice that is probably what he wanted to hear at the time because he was not wise enough or skillful enough to understand that it is better to listen to others than an agent fool tell him what opportunities are available to him.
“I think he should come on this show…and explain these things to the world.
“I’ve seen kids in my academy. Young players like John Bostock and people like Wayne Routledge make decisions because of agents like Paul Stretford swaying them in a different direction. They don’t look at what really fits to the boy.
“Not only did you allow a boy to have a pipe dream that wasn’t ready to be realized, but he was in the best football club in the country with the best players and coaches where he could have been developed, he just had to be patient and wait for his turn, you created a situation where the boy walks away from the football club.
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