Real Madrid have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons. However, if the competition were organised slightly differently, it’s not impossible that we would be reading headlines as the one above.
Imagine the Champions League were contested every four years, like the World Cup is. The narratives that would emerge would be […]
Being a listed company has many benefits – easy access to capital, for example, and an ability to spread risk among a wider group of investors. But listing can also change a business’ priorities as the share price morphs from a useful barometer of market sentiment to a millstone around the neck of CEOs whose […]
Implicit in all the decisions around player trading and youth promotion is a prediction about the depth of squad needed to compete during the season. Some clubs hope to go deep in all competitions, others are content at prioritising the league.
Given the average footballer’s annual pay is a deeply material cost to the club, it […]
September always brings a certain tranquility to the world of football when juxtaposed against the annual melee of deadline day. As the clock runs down on August, buying clubs rush to bolster their squad while selling clubs look to offload their expensive, unproductive assets. Indeed, since 2010 a remarkable 18% of business in the Premier […]
- Your next match is urgent.Your position at the end of the season is important.
- “Football clubs need to be run like businesses” is one of the sport’s current buzz phrases. While it is true that changing regulation and attitudes mean that there is an increased focus on adopting more corporate practices, football remains totally unlike many other industries.
- In June 2010, Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish vowed that his club - which had just finished an impressive 9th place in the Premier League following promotion - would not be victims of ‘second season syndrome’.
- Sets the right pre-season expectations, based on the right metrics.Implements long-term strategies, rather than relying on short-term tactics.
- Four facts you should consider when planning for the future.
- In the brilliant book Thinking Fast and Slow, author Daniel Kahneman recalls a time when he assembled an expert team to write a textbook designed to teach judgement and decision making in high schools.