Who is John Viola?

Coming from a financial services background over 25 years ago to become
one of the first FIFA registered football agents in the UK, John is a
vastly experienced agent having negotiated several high profile and
global transfers throughout his career.

John became one of the first modern football agents in the UK in 1995 and has conducted transfers worldwide, at the highest level and to the highest standard.

Some notabIe accomplishments during Johns career as an intermediary include; taking a Real Madrid player to England, breaking a UK club’s record transfer fee and represented a Brazilian World Cup and Champions League winner.

He has dealt with some of the highest profile players in the world, such as Luis Figo and represented hugely talented players such as Roberto Carlos among many more.

John is respected by his peers and is well placed to handle all the complex areas surrounding the world of football today; from sourcing record breaking player moves to negotiating club sales.



Phil McTaggart is a highly motivated and creative professional with 21 years’ experience working within the elite business world of football.

After joining John Viola in the football industry he quickly become the

youngest officially registered agent in Europe at the time. Since then Phil has made strides in the industry and earned his repuation as a leading professional in the field.
A conscientious and enterprising individual with a dedication to personal development, as well as a forward-thinking attitude and desire to innovate acting as an effective leadership figure.

Phil has been privileged to work with a range of high profile football players, clubs, agencies & service providers across the globe, including those in the world’s top leagues and so have developed a vast range of contacts within the playing, commercial and off-field sides of the industry.

Together John & Phil form 451 Football Consultancy – a unique, modern football agency with experience that is unrivalled in many corners of the business.

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