Column: Buying a professional football team? Ten lessons learned: #4 - Is your management team up to the job? Or are they stuck in an old-world mindset?

24 July 2020

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Photo: PA Images As the owner of a football club, you need to make sure that your managers are at the top of their careers as past performance is no guarantee for future returns.

 Alexander Janssen was involved on the ownership side of two clubs, one in Belgium and the other in Spain, where he learned that the football industry is not only extremely competitive but very, very different to the environment that he used to work in.

As a successful consultant with deep knowledge of turnarounds, he inexplicably experienced a sudden disregard of the discipline and long-term mindset that normally characterised his every move.

Janssen has written ten columns about the insights he gained from being involved with those two clubs. This is the fourth.

The football industry is changing extremely fast - but what about your management team? Do they have the mindset to develop themselves and explore new technologies and new strategies? Or are they stuck in the past?

Alexander Janssen, Sports Investor contact@offthepitch.com

Today, as we dive into my fourth lesson learned while part of the ownershp team, I'll elaborate on the importance of hiring competent managerial staff.

Football is a fast-evolving sport, from both technical (game) and business perspectives.

Rapid evolution of the game - one example:

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