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Legendary football agent Eric Hall famed for "monster monster" dies aged 73

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Tributes have poured in for legendary football agent Eric Hall, who has died at the age of 73.

The former singer and music publicist was regarded as one of the most iconic businessmen in football, working in the early days of the Premier League.

And he managed players such as Dennis Wise, Tim Sherwood, Paul Walsh and Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, even securing a boot deal for Gary Lineker.

Claiming to be the first to include goal and appearance bonuses in contracts, he also coined the phrase "monster monster".

Aged 73, Hall working in radio just before his death.

Tributes have been shared on social media, with former Tottenham owner Lord Sugar saying: "Football agent Eric Hall has passed away. He was a real character RIP."

While Walsh wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of monster monster Eric Hall a real character.

"My thoughts are with the family, a monster RIP to Eric."

Hall first got into football through former Tottenham player Steve Perryman, having worked his way up in the world of music.

He did have a controversial career, which one saw the agent add a goal-scoring bonus into goalkeeper Dave Beasant's contract.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “I did everything: the contracts, the transfers, the TV appearances, the sponsorships, the lot.

"I was the first agent to bring in bonuses and the funniest deal I ever did was when I was looking after Dennis Wise and John Fashanu at Wimbledon…

"I got a call from a guy called Dave Beasant, who I knew was a player but I didn’t know much about him.

"He told me he was moving from Wimbledon to Newcastle and asked if I could do the deal, so I said I would and I travelled up to meet the club.

"I’m giving it all my shtick – ‘This player’s great and I want bonuses of £9,000 a goal and after 10 goals an extra £100,000.’

"Newcastle said, ‘Our pleasure, Eric.’ I came out of the meeting and Dave said: ‘Eric, do you know what position I play? Goalkeeper.’ ”

But he did taste controversy after a fallout with Wimbledon legend John Fashanu's brother, Justin, following the player's decision to become the first footballer to come out as homosexual.

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