SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades slash the cash paid to agents

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SHEFFIELD United’s spending on agents fees has more than halved in a year, a new report has confirmed.

The paper, published by the Football League, revealed officials at Bramall Lane handed over a total of £132,510 to representatives during the 2011/12 campaign.

Eventual champions Charlton Athletic (£265,170) and runners-up Sheffield Wednesday (£332,620) were among six clubs declaring higher totals while Huddersfield Town (£213,343), who beat third-placed United in the play-off final, also joined AFC Bournemouth, Brentford and MK Dons on that list.

Greg Clarke, the FL chairman, said: “Where such spending forms part of a sustainable business plan it shouldn’t be of great concern and supporters should be encouraged to see our clubs committing themselves to the new Financial Fair Play regulations that will take place across all three divisions in the new season.”

United, who return to competitive action when they host Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup tomorrow, detailed 40 transactions in their submission; equating to an average of £3312.75 per deal.

During the 12 month period starting 1 July 2010, United spent £284.684.

Clarke added: “These (financial) rules will require clubs to be more circumspect with regard to their spending.”