Academy transfer ban is finally lifted

Saturday, 14 November, 2020 12comments  |  Jump to last

The 2-year ban stopping Everton bringing in young players for their Academy from other English clubs has now been lifted.

The ban was imposed in 2018, along with a £500,000 fine, after the club was found guilty of making illegal approaches to young players. Everton admitted that Academy staff had “offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage the player to register with the club”.

An internal investigation found that Everton were guilty of breaking similar recruitment rules with another six players. They were also sanctioned by the Premier League for previously providing false information when asked about how certain players had become registered with the Academy.

The Blues were unable to sign any player aged 10 to 18 who had been registered with another Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months for the last two years.


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Kevin Prytherch
1 Posted 15/11/2020 at 08:51:52
How Kenwright and Unsworth are still at the club after this is unbelievable.
Robert Tressell
2 Posted 15/11/2020 at 09:38:49
This is good news. We seem to have a decent crop of players now at U-18 level in particular but we need the standard to go higher. Man City got Sancho from Watford as a 15 year old. Liverpool got Sterling from QPR at a similar age. Sad as it is for smaller clubs, we really need to participate in this.
John Williams
3 Posted 15/11/2020 at 11:13:11
I think Unsworth is the wrong target. Everton seem to have acted pretty honourably in this instance - carrying out their own internal review, suspending the then head of Academy Recruitment, Martin Waldron, and accepting the charges. Subsequently, Waldron who had worked for Everton for years, was sacked. Both Man. City and the RS were also banned and fined for similar offences at around the same time. I recall that Everton were fined during the Moyes era for an "illegal" approach for a young Nottingham Forest player, from memory I think it was Jamal Lascelles. Inducements to young players and their families is as old as the professional game, I guess the cases that come to light are just the tip of a very large and murky iceberg.
Peter Gorman
4 Posted 15/11/2020 at 11:48:18
I wish I could say Kevin's ignorance is unbelievable.

Waldron was responsible, Waldron was sacked by the club after internal review. Unsworth had nowt to do with it.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 15/11/2020 at 11:55:36
I think John (3) has got this right, basically nearly every club operates the same way, getting caught is the crime.John is also right about Everton getting done over Jamal Lascelles, the former Notts Forest player, and the fine was a large one, he is now at Newcastle. The Reds got a hefty fine over Van Dijk’s, but still were allowed to sign him in the end.
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 15/11/2020 at 11:56:12
Kevin, I think you do the Unsworth / Kenwright slur for your own amusement don't you? I'm desensitised to it now. It was Waldron, yes. Might mean we bring a few teenagers into the club in January.
Jay Wood

7 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:32:52
Peter @ 4. Check out Kevin's posting history on stories such as this. He reels people in every time.
Peter Gorman
8 Posted 15/11/2020 at 13:30:36
oh noooooooo! Kevin!

Dun me up like a kipper, and I knew that.

Kevin has been playing Antony Kelly so long I can't tell them apart.

Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 15/11/2020 at 18:42:15
How the hell is Kenwright to blame for this?
Peter Gorman
10 Posted 15/11/2020 at 19:02:01
Cheers, Paul, I appreciate the show of solidarity.
Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 15/11/2020 at 19:18:30
Because he robbed Peter to pay Paul that many times... and usually by selling our best young players who had mostly come through the Academy.

The talent had dried up, it meant Waldron had to break a few rules to keep his job, after getting threatened by Kenwright. And then along came Marcel Brands, to dismiss the fall guy, so let's see what happens with the Academy now?

Justin Doone
12 Posted 16/11/2020 at 10:14:28
Agree, all club's do it and like a lot of football decisions it's the lack of clarity and consistency that appears unfair.

The players and agents have the power and will often purposely flaunt the rules because they don't suffer the consequences.

If the governing bodies ie FA, UEFA made the rules simple, clear and consistent punishment across the board it would stop a lot of this.

If the media would report on it and use it's ability to highlight the rules and punishment it may help other young talent / families learn to say no to the clubs etc.

We can all help self govern the sport if they simplify rules and communicate this to grassroots sports.

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