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On 17 and 18 February 2021, the Financial Times organized their annual FT Business of Football Summit with more than 30 stakeholders across the world sharing their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities over the next 10 years. Covid disrupted business and livelihoods everywhere including the football industry. Due to the pressure on all parts of the football ecosystem opinions were contrasting and varied and not surprisingly critical...
Marvin Johnson is an ex-professional football player who spent his entire playing career with Luton Town FC. After 15 years as a Hatter, Marvin joined the club's coaching set-up, where he stayed for another 7 years. Now coaching soccer in the USA, Marvin chats to Sascha about his career thus far; from successes at Kenilworth Road and his rapport with Luton Town FC fans, to life in America and how he laughed at the first time he heard the...
Ryan Fisher is a football intermediary with a difference. With a self-confessed love of dealing with facts, 29-year-old Ryan approaches his role as a football agent with data and analytics at the forefront of his company, Total Football Group. A strong set of business skills - from a successful career in Australian real estate - combined with a passion and drive to make a positive impact on the game, Ryan’s interview is an interesting...
With experience playing at Premier League level and with clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United and Bradford City on his CV, Jon Stead has been scoring plenty of goals since he made his senior career debut for Huddersfield Town, back in 2002. The 37-year-old striker is currently playing in League Two with Harrogate Town FC, having helped the club to gain promotion in the 2019/20 season. Jon takes time out of his busy day to chat...
Few aspects of modern day football have evolved quite as rapidly as the implementation of data and analytics, with teams investing heavily in adopting new methods to combine it with recruitment, coaching and performance - Liverpool being a particularly well known example. If you've ever been interested in learning more about this side of the game or perhaps even getting involved, smarterscout.com is one of the leading platforms...
Paul Barber is the CEO and Deputy Chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club . From redefining the culture at the FA, to adapting to a new culture himself in Vancouver, Paul gives a fantastic insight into his career thus far. With a huge passion for football and in driving the development of the game at all levels, this interview is a detailed and interesting account of life as a CEO in the industry.   I wanted to start...
As a self taught journalist and football writer , Mark Pitman is a perfect example of making your passion a full time and successful career. From the pitch to the press room Mark has worked for various organisations, starting off as a volunteer at Port Talbot Town FC and working his way up to the likes of the Football Association of Wales and UEFA . He speaks to us about what it takes to become a football writer and how to...
To date, the Career Insight Project at Jobs in Football has focused on roles within clubs and organisations such as the Premier League and English Football League. But there is an abundance of opportunities available, including those opportunities that you create for yourself… Here, Mark Bradley – Director at The Fan Experience Company – shares details of his career within the football industry. After gaining a...
Richard Cross is the Club Secretary of Marine FC . From managing a busy workload of player administration, to implementing new Covid-safe protocols, Richard kindly took time out from his full-time job to share details of his interesting and varied role. And of course, he discusses the magic of the FA Cup !   When did you start working for Marine FC and how did that opportunity arise? I first attended a game 25 years ago...
Max Fitzgerald is the Head of Media at Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves). Max shares details of his career progression thus far, as well as detailing the highs and lows of working in a media team. This feature provides a great insight into football media, from an individual who has also previously worked at AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United.   How did you start working in the football industry? I guess it was partly luck and...
If you've ever carried out any research on the subject of Player Care, there's a very good chance you would have come across Hugo Scheckter , and for good reason. Having looked after some of the world's best players during his time at Southampton FC and West Ham United, Hugo has established himself as one of the leading authorities in this relatively new, but increasingly important sector - after all, a happy, motivated player is...
Cathy Long has had a varied and interesting career in the football industry, with many more ideas and projects planned for the near future. Having worked at the Premier League for 15 years and providing consultancy services for a number of organisations, Cathy gives an insight into her successful career and offers her advice to those looking to pursue a role within the industry.   Were you always interested in working in football?...