IRC Q&A: Jonathan Barnett


FOOTBALL agent and Chairman and founder of Stellar Group Limited, Jonathan Barnett is credited as being the man who brought Lennox Lewis into the boxing world. While Barnett’s first client was legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara, he has made a name for himself since then, representing some of the world’s best football players.
His client list includes Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joe Hart. He masterminded the £86 million move of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur. Jonathan featured in the 20 most powerful football agents in European football which was published in The Daily Telegraph.
1. Full name: Jonathan Ian Barnett
2. Date Of Birth? 28-1-50
3. Sushi or Steak? Steak
4. Watch sport LIVE or TV? Live
5. How do you celebrate signing a mega star? At my age – go to bed!
6. Superstitions? None
7. Favourite holiday destination? Maldives
8. Beer or Wine? Wine
9. Would you rather be a Football Agent or a Rock Star? Football Agent
10. How many footballers do you represent? More than 900
11. Who inspires you the most? My father
12. Right or left-handed? Left
13. Rolex or Breitling? Rolex
14. Best Player you ever signed? My first
15. Favourite Aftershave? Tom Ford
16. Smart or casual look? Smart
17. Favourite sport? Can only be Football
18. Worst Ever behaviour by a club owner? Being lied to
19. Drive or Chauffeur? Chauffeur
20. Funniest Footballer Ever signed? Peter Crouch
21. Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk
22. Your star sign? Aquarius
23.Single or taken? Very much taken
24. Golf Handicap? Don’t play
25. Shower or Bath? Bath
26 Read or Netflix? Read
27) Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness? Permission
Which 2 young players should we keep an eye out for?
Can’t say – think how many of them I’d be upsetting!

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