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Holloway’s transfer bonus is wrong
The summer transfer window has re-opened the debate over a clause in Blackpool manager Ian Holloway’s contract that entitles him to a percentage of transfer fees for any players he sells. The People’s Tom Hopkinson thinks such a system is open to corruption and should be discouraged.
He says: “It’s a little bit murky, isn’t it? It reared its head around the January transfer window when we all expected Charlie Adam to move on. I know that Holloway was quite vociferous in his defence – as you’d expect – by saying that ‘I’ve proved my integrity by not selling him’.”
Tom believes it’s naive to think that other managers also have such clauses. “At least Olly was open about it. I just can’t see how it’s right that a manager can have a say, because how do we know that there’s not some sort of deal being done – some sort of collusion between managers who are friends.”
Tom feels that such a practice should definitely be prevented at a time “where we’re calling for more transparency across the game”.
“Fair play to Holloway and whoever’s got that clause written in to his contract, but I just think it’s the sort of clause that football as a whole needs to say we can’t have anymore.”
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