Handbook on the Economics of Professional Football
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Handbook on the Economics of Professional Football

Edited by John Goddard and Peter Sloane

In this comprehensive Handbook, John Goddard and Peter Sloane present a collection of analytical contributions by internationally regarded scholars in the field, which extensively examine the many economic challenges facing the world's most popular team sport.
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Chapter 16: The football manager

John Goddard


The remit of the first-team manager in modern-day professional football is the selection, supervision and coaching of playing staff, devising team tactics, and regular communication with the media. Historically, many managers have also taken responsibility for the buying and selling of players, wage negotiations and various administrative duties. This multifunctional role of the manager is still characteristic of many lower-tier clubs, but among the leading clubs there has been trend in favour of the delegation of responsibilities to specialists in the various functional areas of management, in recognition of the increasing scale and complexity of the financial, human resources and administrative management of a football club at the highest level. Among top-tier clubs, the involvement of the first-team manager in player transfers and contract negotiations varies from club to club, and it has become increasingly common for the manager to assume full responsibility for first-team playing matters only. Responsibilities for reserve-team and youth affairs, as well as coaching for specialist positions such as goalkeeper, are often delegated to a roster of subordinate coaches and assistants. Most football managers are former professional players, and very few enter the role without some previous experience in professional football. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) stipulates that any manager of a top-tier club in any member country employed for more than 12 weeks, and any manager of a team in European competition, must hold a UEFA Pro-Licence.

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