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  • 09 Mar 2017

    Talking the talk

    The football industry is going through a period of change in which establishing joined-up football services off the pitch is a key strategic goal and often a major logistical challenge. To be able to succeed in this respect and introduce the new ideas that are central to its advancement requires a certain bravery on the […]
  • 11 Feb 2016

    Urgent vs. important

    “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower Your next match is urgent.Your position at the end of the season is important.Dealing with a disappointing result from the weekend is urgent, understanding if you actually deserved to lose is important.Signing a new player in the window is urgent, creating […]
  • 05 Jan 2016

    Football’s failure in philosophy

    In any ordinary organisation, philosophical alignment is a key factor in success. If the people on the shop floor can endorse the organisation’s vision, the people in head office have a greater chance of achieving it. It is for this reason that much time, energy and money is spent on communicating the organisation’s vision to […]
  • 23 Dec 2015

    The Red Team

    Imagine having a group of people telling you, repeatedly, that your club is not as well-run as you think. That your player recruitment strategy is flawed, that your league status is vulnerable, that your rivals are finding new technologies and approaches to get an edge.Now imagine that these aren’t your fans; these are people that […]
  • 17 Dec 2015

    The German penalty theory

    At most football clubs, a small collection of individuals shoulder a huge burden of poor results. This makes decision-making all the more difficult, but a tale about German penalty takers can perhaps teach us something about handling responsibility.There is a (possibly apocryphal) story that explains why Germany have won so many penalty shootouts over the […]