Jordon Ibe’s stepfather will be given a job as a scout for Liverpool after successfully agreeing the teenage winger’s new five-year contract at the club, The Daily Mail reports.
Michael Carnegie is set to take up employment at Anfield having been on the opposite side of the negotiating table during extensive talks over an improved deal signed on Thursday.
Liverpool are confident no procedural issues arise from the forthcoming set up.
Under new FA guidelines ‘intermediaries’ – the term applied to agents in deals after FIFA deregulated the industry – must only act for one party in a transaction unless stated beforehand. The laws came into effect on April 1.
Individuals pay £500 and can only then take an active role in agency work. Carnegie is not registered as an intermediary with the FA, but Alan Middleton, his associate does feature on the official list.
Middleton is a solicitor and equal shareholder in NextGen Sports Management Limited, a company formed last December, alongside Carnegie and Burt Laurent, a football agent. Each man holds a third of the shares, according to documents on Companies House.
But Carnegie told Sporstmail he had recently stepped aside from NextGen – which has no connection to the former European youth league – although declined to say exactly when or why. His involvement was made public in reports last week.
Carnegie insisted his only role these past few weeks has been getting the best deal for his stepson Ibe, who joined Liverpool in December 2011. His new job for the club is expected to see him scour local junior prospects.
He has previously recommended a player to former academy director Frank McParland. McParland was sacked by Liverpool in November 2013.
Ibe told the Mail on Sunday recently he had no need for an agent and trusted his parents, Carnegie and mother Charlet, totally.