North East football agents score big with Celtic FC

October 2, 2020

A North East-based sports management company was left celebrating after completing the transfer of Greek international goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens to Celtic FC

St James’ Square Sports Management completed the transfer of goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens to Celtic FC, for a sum of £4.5 million, which was finalised at the end of July by football agents Paul Monaghan and Mark Lynn.

Paul says: “Vasilis is an exceptional player with a bright future ahead of him. He will do a fantastic job at Celtic and I have no doubt he will be playing in top sides for many years to come. We wish him all the best during his time at Celtic FC.”

The company operates as football agents for professional football players and clubs from around the world and while it offers many services to their clients, it is carving out a reputation for assisting players from abroad entering the Premier League.

With its head office in Newcastle, St James’ Square Sports Management has an international reach and its agents, who are fluent in several languages, regularly travel the world to build relationships with many of the top clubs. Recent trips to Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, New York and Ecuador have helped cement those relationships and take the business to a new level.

As a result, the company has seen demand for its services increase considerably and has recently completed several lucrative deals in the current transfer window.

Since it launched in 2018, it has been involved with many players and clubs, including Panathinaikos and Olympiacos in the Greek Super League, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Mark adds: “We are thrilled at the way the business has grown in such a short amount of time and we were delighted to have completed our most recent deal with Celtic FC. Our sister company, St James’ Square Law Firm, provided all our legal needs and assisted us throughout the deal. Their commercial advice and knowledge have been invaluable and helped to provide a speedy and fully rounded service.”

The company has also attracted several ambassadors to the business including footballing legends Nikos Dabizas and Colin Todd who joined St James’ Square Sports Management as brand ambassadors earlier this year.

Nikos, a former Greek international, Leicester City and Newcastle United player, has most recently held the position of sporting director at Panathinaikos FC.

Nikos says: “The team at St James’ Square Sports Management are well connected at the top flight of the game. They have the experience, knowledge and drive to make the deal happen. I am delighted to be working with them.”

Player-turned-manager, Colin Todd made than 600 appearances for club and country and won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1975. His managerial career took him to Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Derby County.

Colin says: “I’ve worked with many agents over the years and the team at St James’ Square Sports Management are a cut above; they really know their stuff. I am looking forward to many years of partnership with them.”

St James’ Square Sports Management has now partnered with several leading brands including car manufacturers Lamborghini and McLaren, luxury holiday providers Soneva and Sani, and private jet companies Air Charter Service and Gulfstream.

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