Eric Hall, ex-football agent famous for ‘monster’ catchphrase, dies aged 73

Tributes have been paid to iconic football agent Eric Hall, who has died aged 73.

The singer and music publicist was known for his 'monster monster' catchphrase, and represented some of the Premier League's biggest names in the 1990s.

Hall secured Gary Lineker's first ever boot deal, and was agent to the likes of Dennis Wise, Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, Tim Sherwood and Paul Walsh.

He also claimed to be claims to be the first agent ever to have goal and appearance bonuses written into players' contracts.

Hall famously even once had a goal bonus written into Dave Beasant's contract at Newcastle, not realising he was a goalkeeper.

Sir Alan Sugar led tributes to Hall following his death on Monday, saying on Twitter: "Football agent Eric Hall has passed away. He was a real character RIP."

Former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Walsh said: "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."

Mirror Sport columnist Stan Collymore said: "Larger than life, great great fun, sad to think Eric Hall has passed. Rest in peace, Eric, hope there's a big Churchill waiting for you on the other side. Monster Monster."

Hall, who was known for his flamboyant dress sense and was seen with a cigar.

He was a singer and music publicist, and was pals with the likes of Marc Bolan and punk band The Damned, before entering the world of football after a chance meeting with former Spurs player Steve Perryman.

He had little interest in the sport and saw it solely as a business, and worked as a radio presenter until his death.

Lorna Waters, station manager at the London-based station Time 107.5FM, said he was a 'true legend and a real gentleman'.

The station tweeted: "Eric Hall, the former entertainment and football agent and Time 107.5FM presenter, has died at the age of 73. He was a monster monster personality and we will miss him greatly."

Earlier this year, he talked about his heyday as a football agent in an interview with The Telegraph.

"I did everything: the contracts, the transfers, the TV appearances, the sponsorships, the lot," he said.

"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.' "

Hall was forced to take six months off after falling seriously ill, according to The Sun.

He was diagnosed with septicaemia (blood poisoning which triggers sepsis) after contracting E.coli.

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During his controversial career, Hall was involved in high-profile fallouts with John Fashanu and Sir Alan Sugar.

Fashanu sacked Hall as his agent after a row over the former England striker's brother, Justin, who became the first footballer to come out as homosexual.

He fell out with Fashanu after refusing the former Wimbledon player's request to scrap a newspaper interview in which elder brother Justin told his story.

Hall said he brought "showbiz" to the world of football agents – pioneering the way for today's 'super-agents' such as Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes.

In an interview earlier this year, he said: "Good luck to the agents now. Whatever money they earn, they should earn more.

"But there wouldn’t be any of the super agents now if it wasn’t for me.

"I brought the showbiz into it. I was the guv’nor.”

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