Former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp was said in court to have received a percentage of the profit made from the sale of England striker Peter Crouch.
A fellow manager moved quickly to support this procedure which, though arguably questionable, is entirely legal.
Ian Holloway, of Blackpool, sounded indignant as he defended a practice which sits uncomfortably with fans because of the conflicting priorities many think it presents.
He admitted he made a few bob when Charlie Adam, bought for £500,000, was later sold to Liverpool for £8.5m.
‘I deserved a cut. I spotted Charlie’s potential and took the gamble of bringing him to the club,’ he whined.
I think he’s wrong. The club took the risk and therefore deserved the profit.