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All things football: From global M&A to quiet leadership (read the interview here)    

Professor Chris Brady, Author of ‘Quiet Leadership’ with Carlo Ancelotti & Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford University

Chris is an expert in football business and finance and has authored several books on the subject, including the best-selling The 90 Minute Manager. He has also co-authored, with Carlo Ancelotti, the award winning, Quiet Leadership. He also writes on talent management (The Extra Mile) and the M&A process (Intelligent M&A). He was previously a director of GambleAware and remains interested in the gambling industry. His current research interest focuses on all aspects of the business of sport. He has also specialised in gambling and trading behaviour. Chris is a regular contributor to BBC TV News, Sky Business News, Radio 5; he is also an occasional contributor to BBC Newsnight and a variety of other news media outlets.

Read the interview here.

A focus on building mental resilience in football, The Human CODE Group (read the interview here) 

Balvinder Singh Shekhon, Owner and Technical Director of Human CODE Football Consultancy and The Human CODE Group
Partner - FA Licensed Intermediary, Complete Football Management Limited

Balvinder is currently the Owner and Technical Director of the Human CODE Football Consultancy. He has over 20 years of experience within the player and coach development field.

Balvinder has worked with numerous organizations including MK Dons and The Football Association and has been involved in number of high profile grassroots initiatives. Previously, he has advised on projects including West Brom FC Academy/Palm Sports in China and in Northern Ireland with Championship Club Larne FC. He is committed to the pursuit of excellence through the education within the game.  

As a UEFA A qualified coach with a sports science diploma, he has worked with both male and female players across all age groups and ability levels. He is also an FA Coach Mentor and Coach Educator.

Read the interview here.

A look at the ‘hire and fire’ culture in football: League Managers Association (read the interview here)    

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive, League Managers Association 

Richard Bevan was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of the League Managers Association (LMA) in January 2008.
Over the past decade, Richard has driven the growth of the LMA across all areas including its legal provision, health and wellbeing offering, career development programmes and a significant increase in commercial partnerships and activity. He has also continued to represent the LMA and its members, positioning the organisation as an influential key stakeholder within the game.
A prominent character in the world of sport and business, Richard previously led the Professional Cricketers’ Association as Chief Executive from 2001 to 2007, developing the profile and business of the organisation to become a major player in world of cricket. Richard was also a founding Director of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations. He is also a Trustee of the Team England Player Partnership & member of the Professional Players’ Federation (the umbrella body for all players’ associations including the PFA, PGA, PRA, PCA and Jockeys’ Association).

Read the interview here.

The psychology behind penalty kicks, Danny Golding, University of Bedfordshire  (read the interview here)  

Danny Golding, Senior Lecturer, Psychology Research Methods

Danny Golding is a senior lecturer in Sport Science and Physical Activity at the University of Bedfordshire. He teaches across a range of areas including: sport and exercise psychology, physical education, outdoor education and sport development.

Currently his main research interest is in the field of stress, and coping in sport. He has worked with leading endurance athletes and conducted research into stress and resilience in extreme environments, such as endurance races and artic expeditions. His research has been presented at conferences organised by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Prior to working at the University of Bedfordshire, Danny was head of physical education at two secondary schools. He is actively involved in team sports, athletics, adventure activities, dance and martial arts and also works with a number of major expedition organisations. He also represented the University as part of a Greenland crossing organised by the Fuchs Foundation, a charitable organisation set up by the family of the polar explorer Sir Vivian Fuchs.

Read the interview here.

A day in the life of a football agent, Athelite Sports Agency (read the interview here)  

Tony Sharkey, Football Agent/Intermediary, Athelite Sports Agency 

Tony provides services to Professional Footballers, Managers & Coaches, Football Clubs and other Football Intermediaries. For these clients, he works hard to maximize their opportunities and rewards.

Tony has completed many transfers, loans, contract negotiations (and re-negotiations), compromise agreements and player sales.

Tony is also the owner of the Football Transfer Forum - a high quality networking event in the North of England for Football Clubs, Football Agents and Football-related Companies prior to the Summer Transfer Window. He also owns ASA Football Agent Education & Training which runs courses (ASA Football Agent - Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) for aspiring Football Agents.

Read the interview here.

Building relationships with the fan base: A look at marketing the beautiful game, BrookesSport (read the interview here) 

Sarah Brookes, Marketing & Comms Consultant, BrookesSport 

A communications and marketing specialist with over 15 years experience working at the highest level in Premier League football, with overall accountability for external global media relations, internal communications, issue and crisis management and public affairs work. 

Extensive knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines offering expertise in the areas of commercial marketing, brand marketing, the digital landscape, sponsor relationship management and brand activation and also across senior level relationships with key personnel in national governing bodies, the political arena and national and international media.  

Consultative experience working with high profile individuals and teams in professional sports, advising on all matters relating to positive profile amplification through media relationships, digital presence and commercial engagements.

Read the interview here.

Uncovering FIFA corruption, the world’s biggest sports scandal, BuzzFeed and Author (read the interview here) 

Ken Bensinger, Author, Red Card & Journalist, BuzzFeed

Ken Bensinger has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He has worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and, since 2014, for BuzzFeed News, as a member of its investigations team, and has written about sports, labor, art, automobiles, and politics, among other topics. He has been a winner of the ASME National Magazine award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Finance & Business Reporting, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He lives in Los Angeles. Red Card is his first book.

Read the interview here.

A coach’s perspective: Identifying and cultivating young football talent, University of Bedfordshire (read the interview here) 

David Pears, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Coaching, University of Bedfordshire

David Pears has worked at the University of Bedfordshire since 2006 and is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity with responsibility for coordinating all academic study of coaching and player and match analysis. David’s research interests centre on coach behaviour and action decision making in elite youth sport, particularly football.

Read the interview here.


How Asian money and politics is changing the world’s favorite game, Salford University Manchester (read the interview here) 

Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sports Enterprise & Co-Director of Centre for Sports Business, Salford University Manchester 

Simon is Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University Manchester, where he is also a Co-Director of the Centre for Sports Business. He is also a Senior Fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham, where he founded and co-directs the China Soccer Observatory. Simon has also worked with numerous organizations involved in sport including Mastercard, FC Barcelona, UEFA, Adidas and his views on sport are frequently covered by the international media.

Read the interview here.

Using investment process insights to predict World Cup success, UBS (read the interview here) 

Michael Bolliger, Head of EM Asset Allocation, UBS Global Wealth Management 

Michael heads the emerging markets asset allocation team at UBS Chief Investment Office. The team is responsible for the asset allocation within the emerging markets across asset classes and regions and contributes to the UBS House View on emerging market assets. Michael is a regular contributor to numerous financial media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, or the WSJ. 

Michael joined UBS Global Wealth Management Research in March 2009 as an emerging market analyst. Prior to joining UBS, Michael started his professional career at the Swiss National Bank in 2003 as an economist and he worked for the Spanish central bank and for the University of St. Gallen. 

Michael holds a PhD in economics from the University of Basel. His thesis focused on asset-pricing models for fixed income markets. Earlier he studied economics and econometrics at the University of St. Gallen, where he received his master's degree. He also participated in an exchange program at the WITS Business School in South Africa.

Read the interview here.

Who are the highest revenue-generating football clubs?, Deloitte (read the interview here) 

Tim Bridge, Director of Sports Business Group, Deloitte 

Tim is a director in the Sports Business Group, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a degree in French and Spanish. Tim works extensively with Governing Bodies, National Associations, Clubs and other sports organisations around the globe. Tim is a regular speaker at industry events and media commentator on sports business.

Read the interview here.

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