Interview: Football executives needs to wake up to potential of “diversity dividend”

15 December 2020

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Photo: PA Images Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal (c) celebrates scoring their third goal during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium against Norwegian side Molde.
Tony Simpson, a partner at Savannah Group, a global executive search and advisory firm says that clubs should update their interview processes as a way of making their workforces more representative of the athletes they represent.

Top board advisor says that English clubs have slipped behind German rivals in seeking diversity and are losing talent because of it.

Lack of BAME individuals in positions of authority permeates from the pitch to the boardroom.

Diverse interview panels will address lack of executive level diversity.

Football’s leaders are out of step with new Generation Z of socially and politically aware young players.

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

One of the sports industry’s leading recruiters says that football clubs can capture the economic rewards of ‘a diversity dividend’ if they update their interview processes as a way of making their workforces more representative of the athletes they represent.

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