The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Lyons

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP clubs shelled out a whop­ping £42m in agents’ fees in 201617, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the FA.

The num­bers cover the pe­riod from Fe­bru­ary 2016 to Jan­uary 2017 and come two years af­ter the last ful­lyear re­sults (2014-15).

In 2014-15, agents’ fees to­talled £26m in the Cham­pi­onship, which means there has been an in­crease of 62 per cent.

New­cas­tle, rel­e­gated from the Premier League last term, led the way in the sec­ond tier by splash­ing out £10,449,578 to agents, while As­ton Villa, who also dropped down, splurged £5,421, 662.

Clubs who spent more than £2m were Not­ting­ham For­est (£3,539,912), Norwich (£3,272,127) and QPR (£2,382,562).

At the other end of the scale, Bur­ton (£163,331), who won pro­mo­tion from League One, Barns­ley (£188,209), Rother­ham (£261,633) and Ip­swich (£303,978) kept spend­ing down.

In League One, spend­ing fell from £3,167,964 in 201415 to £3,098,508 in 2016-17.

Charl­ton, rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship, are top of the pile with £608,465, fol­lowed by MK Dons, who spent £496,605. Other third tier sides who paid out more than £200,000 were Sh­effield United (£284,958), Bolton (£282,261) and Coven­try (£237,814).

The low­est spend­ing League One sides were Old­ham (£4,430), Gillingham (£10,750), Rochdale (£15,200) and Walsall (£20,986).

In League Two, spend­ing de­clined from £1,007,920 in 2014-15 to £821,450. The big­gest spenders were Portsmouth, who dished out £175,344. Leyton Ori­ent (£83,348) and Don­caster, rel­e­gated from League One, (£71,896) were sec­ond and third.

At the other end of the scale, Hartlepool were the only club not to spend a penny, while Wycombe paid out £1,622 and Crawley £3,300.

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