Meet the man who turned young Chinese players into champions – and is now showing English clubs the way
14 March 2019
Mads Davidsen, former technical director at Chinese champions Shanghai SIPG FC, is on a mission to change the mindset of club owners.
Clubs lack deep football knowledge, he claims, and the ability to build a strategy based on a clear vision.
Managers are far too powerful in modern football, according to Mads Davidsen, former technical director at Chinese champions, Shanghai SIPG FC.
“As a club, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket and assume a manager will stay for 10 years. The average stay for a football manager globally is 18-19 months, so it’s a gamble and an unhealthy model to let one coach control the club,” he says in an interview with offthepitch.com.
He illustrates the point with an analogy from his home country: