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Succession Planning

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  • 01 Dec 2016

    The overvalued asset

    Imagine that this winter your squad had a player who you believed to be overvalued. Perhaps he’s a “Match of the Day player” who you suspect doesn’t contribute as much as his highlights suggest. He might be a defender who makes last-ditch tackles that only give away corners, or an ageing player who is enjoying […]

  • 10 Nov 2016

    How many players do we need?

    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 […]

  • 27 Oct 2016

    What could possibly go wrong?

    The hiring of a new manager or head coach always brings renewed hope and expectation. There’s talk of ‘fresh ideas’ and a ‘clean slate’, and most teams enjoy a rebound in results from the previous regime (even if this is mostly regression to the mean).

    And yet we know that in major European leagues, 8 out […]

  • 08 Sep 2016

    The evolution of Barcelona

    In May 2008, the forecast looked bleak for FC Barcelona. The Catalans had just finished the season 18 points off champions Real Madrid, who had sealed back-to-back titles for the first time in nearly two decades.

    We all know what happened next: Pep Guardiola was promoted from B team duties, led the club to two Champions […]

  • 05 Nov 2015

    The 20th player

    In 1984, Liverpool famously used just 15 outfield players in a 66-match season. 12 of those individuals played in over half of those matches, with just 3 fringe players coming in for cover.Football has unmistakably changed; large squads are now the norm and rotation is an accepted part of the game. However, teams still rely on a ‘core’ group of 10 outfield players competing in over 50% of possible league playing time, while the 15th most-appearing player on average plays about 25% of possible minutes. 
  • 01 May 2015

    The flexibility-stability trade-off

    The difficulties in managing the contractual position of a squad is one of the main obstacles to achieving long-term success at a football club.Buyout clauses, extension options, achievement-based salary bumps contingent on team-based performance: just some factors that must be considered within the wider context of helping the team win in the long run.
  • 18 Mar 2015

    The succession planning blind spot

    Last year, Stanford University released a report detailing the attitudes of corporate executives and directors towards succession planning and talent development.One of the more striking findings highlighted a blind spot that persists at board room level: 50% of the study’s interviewees believed their board had an effective succession plan in place for senior positions, but only 25% felt that their business had an adequate pool of successors for key C-suite roles.