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.

The new revolutionary online e-learning course

Contract Negotiations

Career Advice

Player Marketing


P.R & Image Rights

Wealth Management

Off-Field Assistance

Player Transfers

benefits of the John Viola Academy

We have the expertise to handle all your requirements within the business world of football, with a proven track record of providing clients with high-quality representation services that are tailored to their specific needs. The John Viola Academy has a global network of contacts and partners in all the major football demographics throughout the world

Our aim is to achieve long-term partnerships with our clients and to help them fulfill their goals. As a company, we work very hard to support our clients’ individual requirements, fostering relationships that are underpinned by trust and integrity.

We work in conjunction with parents to advise youth players on their current and future prospects, by providing expert knowledge of the football industry combined with top analysis from both current and former professionals. With over twenty years’ experience in the football industry, we are well positioned to advise on all the complexities of regulations and contract requirements for today’s youth players.

Here at the John Viola Academy, we are proud of our strong and proven track record of helping players from youth academies achieve their full potential in the game. Our services offered to our youth players mirror those of an experienced professional player, but with a keen emphasis on personal development and off-field lifestyle choices.

Work with us to gain access to our extensive global network of scouts and youth academies, ensuring that the best options are available to our youth players at all levels in the game. Our weekly presence within the youth leagues ensures we cover games and build strong and successful relationships with our players.