ERIC Hall reckons he’s going to change the face of rugby union - and he’s starting with Rotherham Titans.
The flamboyant cockney football agent, who has Paul Gascoigne, Terry Venables and Dennis Wise on his client list, was yesterday unveiled as the club’s new agent by director Spencer Fearn.
“I don’t know much about rugby but that doesn’t matter,” said the man who rose to fame with Wimbledon FC’s Crazy Gang in the 1980s with his catchphrase ‘monster, monster’.
“I know about promoting people and that’s what I’m here to do. It doesn’t matter whether I can tell a rugby ball from a billiard ball,” he said. “I don’t need to know the ins and outs of rugby and football, it’s my job to make the club successful.
“I want the club to be a top Premiership side within five years and I think we have the people here to do it.”
First, though, the club needs to find a new ground, says director and the man who tried to but a consortium together to buy Sheffield Wednesday, Spencer Fearn.
“If we are to move up a level we need to get a new ground,” said Spencer.
“We have been in talks with officials at Don Valley, Millmoor, Bramall Lane, Hillsborough and the Keepmoat and we may have to move outside Rotherham but I can’t say yet where we will end up.
“I want to introduce Friday night rugby to the club. It wouldn’t be a problem to stay at Clifton Lane for one more year but if we get promoted we will need to be moving to a ground with at least 10,000 capacity. Eric brings great experience and contacts to the club and he can help boost our profile as we try to move up to the next level.”
The one-time trademark cigar has gone now but the man who once represented the Sex Pistols is confident he can help raise the Titans’profile.
“I feel I changed the face of football in the 1980s and I think I can do the same for rugby,” added Eric. “I see a lot of similarities between Wimbledon of the 1980s and Rotherham Titans of today. We can promote the players and I can bring soap stars and pop stars to play in exhibition games. I’m too insecure to watch rugby.
“When I see all those men huddled together in the scrum I think they are talking about me.”