Revealed: Sunderland's recent agent fee spending and how it compares to League One rivals

Sunderland's spending on agent fees has continued to decline considerably, figures released by the FA have shown.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 3:03 pm

The Black Cats spent £406,207 across the last two windows, a significant drop from the £1,346,373 in the previous year.

For the first time since being relegated to the third tier in 2018, the club were not the biggest spenders in the league. Hull City top the table with a spend of £548,238 following their relegation from the Championship.

Ipswich Town placed third with a total of £341,622, followed by Oxford United who spent £298,576.

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Sunderland's spending on agent fees has continued to fall over the last year

League One clubs spent a total of £3,082,105 in total, down from £3,921,805 in the previous year.

The period in question covered Phil Parkinson's summer transfer business, with Aiden O'Brien, Danny Graham, Arbenit Xhemajli Bailey Wright and Remi Matthews all arriving on permanent deals.

The fees also include a busy summer of recruitment for the club's U23 side, who brought in the likes of Josh Hawkes and Oliver Younger with considerable success.

The period also includes new contracts for Tom Flanagan and Dan Neil, as well as the January signings of Ross Stewart and Carl Winchester.

Sunderland s spending on agent fees has continued to drop as the club adjust to life in League One.

The club spent £2,873,033 on fees in the 2018/19 season, a period that included the early termination of a number of significant contracts.

At the time the club were spending more on agent fees than 11 Championship clubs.

Their spend of £4,370,897 in the Championship was the second-biggest in the division at the time. This year, only three Championship clubs spent less.

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