Levack’s hot property
FOOTBALL JUST OVER six years ago, Alex Levack became Britain’s youngest football agent.
At the start of the January transfer window, the 27-year-old is busier than ever, riding in the fast lane of the multimillion-pound industry.
Levack, who lives in Southgate and is head of the emerging talent department at Sports, Entertainment & Media Group, was the man that spotted the highly-rated Micah Richards — the versatile defender recently linked with an £18 million move to Premiership champions Chelsea.
Richards is arguably Levack’s finest piece of work. “When I first saw him play I watch open-mouthed and said he will be a real player,” Levack told JC Sport. “It was a very proud moment for us both when he made his England debut in the friendly against Holland in November. He has matched my expectation and a whole lot more.”
The Manchester City player’s de- velopment is one of many highs in Levack’s career. Another is Coventry City’s Chris Birchall. Last summer, when contracted to Port Vale, he became the first white player in 60 years to represent Trinidad & Tobago, playing against England at the 2006 World Cup.
The company that Levack works for — the Sports, EntertainmentEntertainment && Media Group — is headed by chairman and chief executive Jerome Anderson and has top players on its books including Thierry Henry, Rio Ferdinand and Craig Bellamy.
“I expect the transfer window to feature many loans and smaller deals with few substantial transfers,” commented Levack. “I am on call 24/7 and the exciting thing is that you never know what is around the corner.”
He also hailed the recent Lord Stevens report into illegal payments in football which has resulted in 17 of his fellow agents going under further investigation.
“It can only be good for people who do things the right way. The report highlighted the fact that the FA needs to commission agents and transfers more carefully. Unfortunately it appears that bad agents give all agents a bad name, but the rule changes have sieved out those not operating correctly.”
Rarely off duty, Levack, who also plays JC MSFL football for Faithfold A, defended the salaries modern-day players. “If clubs are willing to pay, then people should not moan.
“The power has shifted from clubs to players as there are a lot of outside investors for whom it’s not the end of the world if they lose out financially.”
Outside of the transfer window, Levack “scouts for new talent and travels around Europe to ensure existing clients have all their needs attended to”. Looking to the future, he said: “I am keen to mature in the profession but am still on a learning curve.
“I would like to think I will work with some bigger name players and believe that being an agent is the next best thing to playing professionally. It is great to be living the dream.”
Alex Levack (left) practising what he preaches for Faithfold in the JC MSFL