Roach acted for all three players and he also represented BarceIona while Venables was there.
He told me this week that all the houses were investments.
“’You have to lock some money away for frese boys, otheræise they will spend it all,” he said.
Clubs in Britain are banned from paying cash to agents, but the authorities have no control over what happens on the Continent.
Roach, once a furniture dealer, is now regarded as the king of European soccer deals.
My inquiries show he negotiated the Oxford Gate deal early in 1987.
The four-bedroom homes were being built by one of his neighbours.
He was boss of Charles Gallagher Ltd, a construction firm at St Albans, Herbs.
The purchases followed the transfer of the three stars.
Hughes left Manchester United for Barcelona in 1986 in a deal worth £2 million.
Venables had just taken over there and Roach acted as agent for both men.
The following year he persuaded Monaco to buy Hateley for £1 million. Hoddle then joined the French club for €800,000.
Hughes paid cash for NO 4 Oxford Gate. but has never lived there himself.
He rented it to an Italian banker, Luigi Penna, at €400 a week until Penna bought it recently.