Football leadership through the crisis: Paul McGee

Paul McGee gave a presentation to members of the Association of Sporting Directors based on a recent article he wrote titled ‘How to Cope in a Crisis or What to do When the Unexpected happens’. The focus of the talk was on how we can help ourselves and others cope from a psychological perspective to deal with the current crisis. There were four key points. … Continue reading Football leadership through the crisis: Paul McGee

Football leadership through the crisis: Professor Barry Drust

The University of Birmingham Industrial Professorial Fellow Professor Barry Drust joined ASD members to discuss strategies for reflection, leadership and performance management during the coronavirus lockdown. Barry has published widely, in excess of 130 articles and consulted with, researched with and supported many clubs since the completion of his PhD and joining Middlesbrough Football Club in 1997. He is also committed to developing people in … Continue reading Football leadership through the crisis: Professor Barry Drust

Creating and Keeping a Culture: Lighting Up the ‘Dark Side’

By Dr Andrew Cruickshank As with any new-ish profession, it seems fair to say that football is still findings its feet when it comes to Sporting Directors.  There have, of course, been lots of early successes – successes which have shown the clear value of the role.  On the flip side, there have also been many cases of ‘oh **** – let’s try that again!’ As … Continue reading Creating and Keeping a Culture: Lighting Up the ‘Dark Side’

The role of networks in delivering a competitive edge

By Dr Dan Parnell A large part of the business of football is to identify talent and make efficient decisions about player and staff acquisition. The network that a Sporting Director operates plays a vital role in the process of identifying both playing and non-playing talent, such as heads of department and the first team manager. This article introduces three concepts for analysing networks and … Continue reading The role of networks in delivering a competitive edge

Success in the transfer market

By Ian McHale and Kris Nikolov Defining success in football The concept of success in football might, at first, seem like a simple idea: winning is success, losing is failure. But not every team can win: every year there is only one ‘winner’ in each league, a couple of cup winners, and two European competition winners. That leaves an awful lot of failing clubs in … Continue reading Success in the transfer market