Is he not nervous about libelling them, not least by inference? “Like why?” Sogut says. “Their names are there. The [BBC] Panorama present [on Ferguson] was accomplished. I’m not saying one thing that isn’t on the market and it’s legally appropriate. I’m a lawyer as nicely, so… I’m not scared about shedding out on enterprise.
“You know individuals come and go and you realize when you’ve got a worthwhile participant they arrive again to you. They do not care. Football is a every day enterprise they usually rapidly overlook about something. If I need to inform the tales I don’t care in regards to the penalties of boards or their membership now.
“[Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge [whose brother and son are football agents], [Uli] Hoeness [whose brother is an agent], they don’t work at Bayern Munich any more. Both are gone. Ferguson is gone, he’s not there anymore [at United]. But Ferguson, he was saying agents are the worst in this business but his son [Jason] became an agent? I’m not saying they are bad people. I’m just saying like what it is. I’m leaving it for the reader to decide – it’s not illegal but is it ethical?”
Sogut’s thriller novel appears like one thing of a romp. It relies round a fictional investigative journalist known as Annabel and certainly one of its extra vibrant elements is the “Table” which “is a group of powerful agents who control the world of football” and who meet to determine “which coach goes where, which player goes where”.
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Does he not fear about showing to combine truth and fiction? “I don’t think so because they are real facts and that’s what everyone can find and the rest, to create ‘The Table’, that’s a fictional part of it,” Sogut argues. “It doesn’t exist. It’s more showing how powerful agents could be, maybe. It’s more for the reader to think: ‘Wow, could there really be a group of agents coming together and deciding the direction of certain clubs?’”
Is that not far-fetched? “Nothing is unrealistic to me, to be honest, because if you see how powerful players have become, with the power of players agents also become more powerful,” Sogut argues.
“Players are becoming more important than clubs. We are going to the American model. In the end certain agents coming together and deciding certain things, it could be powerful even when it comes to buying a club. Chelsea was brokered by someone with [Roman] Abramovich, a lot of other clubs, Wolves. Imagine the power the agent has after brokering the deal?”
Maybe Sogut has additionally felt the good thing about having a high-profile shopper in Ozil, undeniably a kind of gamers who’s “powerful”, who has an enormous international profile and who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 for an preliminary £37.4 million in a deal that was considered a coup.