The PFA negotiates with football clubs on daily basis to protect and serve the interests all professional players and the Player Management Department is an extension of that premise.
The department provides hands-on representation for players at every stage of their careers as well as offering ethical 'best advice' at all times.
It is important that a player seeks advice and representation in contractual negotiations with a club, and the quality of that advice and representation is crucial. The sole aim of all our agents will always be the best interests of the player.
Regulations introduced by FIFA require players and clubs to deal only with licensed agents for transfer and contract negotiations. The PFA has eight designated officers whom are licensed FA players agents and are able to advise and represent players on all aspects of their contracts at the time of re-signing or when being transferred. In Gordon Taylor, the PFA have a leading representative who has negotiated at the highest level and has made a major impact on the working conditions and benefits for all players.
The majority of the agents employed by the PFA have played at the highest level, but there are also younger agents who were scholars or young professionals but have since gone on to gain invaluable business qualifications and experience. The combination of having experienced first-hand the demands of being a professional footballer as well as having strong business acumen means the agents can relate to players and also use their commercial experience to benefit the client.
Matthew Buck, Director of Player Management explains: “The staff we have in place provides a good mixture of youth and experience and hopefully we get a happy medium with the balance. We have staff that have played in the Premier League and can identify with the day-today issues that occur as well as staff who have commercial and financial backgrounds to assist in enhancing the service we can provide to players.”
Transfers and Contracts
It is only right and proper that a player seeks advice and representation in contractual negotiations with a club, and the quality of that advice and representation is crucial. Critically the sole aim of all our agents will always be the best interests of the player.
We negotiate contracts for players playing at all levels of football including International, Premier League and Football League. Players will have differing requirements as the various stages of their careers to what they are seeking in a contract and we will protect all their interests. We ensure that all aspects of a player’s contract are watertight and any agreement reflects what was negotiated.
Club to club transfers can play an important part of professional footballer’s career and therefore they must be conducted in a professional manner. The PMA staff has overseen some of the biggest transfers in world football, the expertise and experience to conduct transfer negotiations effectively and make sure that the client’s interests are protected and remain the important consideration in any move.
With the permission of a players football club the PMA can source loan moves to help players fulfil their potential and gain playing experience. A loan move can be productive in many ways whether it be an opportunity for a younger player from a Premier League to gain experience or to help a player who is lacking opportunities at his current club gain playing time. The PMA will help make any loan move as smooth as possible as it may involve relocation for a period of time.
A major benefit to any client of the PMA is that the majority of services that a player requires are provided internally and not out-sourced to other companies.
The PFA has many facets including Coaching, Education and a dedicated Commercial team with offices in Manchester and London. For the areas of a players career that require more specific attention the PFA now has fifteen Business Partnerships which help cater to all a players needs.