22 March 2024 - 4:00 PM


IMAGO | Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Column: Facing financial and regulatory hurdles, clubs pursue specialized sporting CEOs

  • Governance structures are evolving, demanding a new breed of CEO who can collaborate closely with sporting directors and managers.
  • ”These leaders don’t need to be deep technical experts in one discipline but need to have a breadth of understanding across all aspects of the football department whilst having a refined ability to work within a un-organized structure"
  • Why it matters: Recognizing that long-term ownership and strong leadership are vital for success in football clubs, understanding these shifting dynamics is crucial.
  • The perspective: Clubs are increasingly entrusting CEOs with greater authority, mitigating the risk associated with relying solely on a strong but transient managerial figure.

Highly skilled Chief Executives, and senior leaders have never been in more demand than now as football clubs recognise the value of an infrastructure fit for purpose.

Focus has, for many years, been on the club’s incumbent manager with budgets and power vested in his (or her) often fiscally limited hands. Sporting progress has been determined by wealthy owners and revenue generatin

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