Le­vack’s hot prop­erty

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

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

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