Football Managers: Worth Their Salt?

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Who do you know that earns over £8m yearly, and for performing what tasks? Well look no further because football managers can earn this and more yearly. The Portuguese manager and self-proclaimed 'Special One' Jose Mourinho earns £11.7m a year, with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in second place making £10.8m. Former Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari, now coaching at little-known big spenders Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, comes in third earning £8.5m. These earnings are because football managers are directly responsible for the performance of their team, and as a result, the success of the club on and off the pitch. Sport management and in particular football management is said to be the system of planning, organizing, actuating and controlling the resources for the efficient and effective delivery of soccer products services and results. However before a manger can perform his tasks he must first be able to access the performance of his team at all times, and herein outlines his first task in successfully managing his team. In football many indicators help to access the performance of any team after any given match. The most common performance indicator in football is referred to as the score line, which compares the number of goals scored between competing teams, and ultimately determines the winner of the match. In soccer management this is referred to as the bottom line indicator and only gives a very basic assessment of the team’s performance. Take for example the opening game of 1990 World Cup in Italy which witnessed one of the biggest shocks in football history when underdogs Cameroon defeated reigning champions Argentina-Diego Maradona and all-despite finishing the game with only nine men. However this scor... ... middle of paper ... ... is evident with the way teams over the years have performed under their managers. Sir Alex Ferguson currently managing Manchester United, where he has been in charge since 1986, has had a direct and clearly visible influence on the performance of the team and hence the achievements of the football club. With 23 years as manager of Manchester United, Ferguson has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history. In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion. The performances of the team aren’t dissimilar to that of the manger earning Manchester United FC the right to called one of the most successful in the history of English football. So is a football manger directly responsible for the performance of the team? My answer, is a resounding yes!

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