Welcome to the 15th edition of the LMA’s
magazine and welcome back
Alice Hoey as its editor. Alice was the first
editor of the magazine when we started in
2008 and we are delighted to have her as
part of our team again. With Alice, we are
building exciting plans for
including rolling out the publication
across a range of new media platforms
later this year.
Since the last edition, we have seen a
particularly high number of managerial
dismissals across the top four leagues.
What continues to remain of deep concern
is the lack of time and opportunity
many managers are given in their roles
before being dismissed. The recent
dismissals have once again highlighted
the importance of developing strong
relationships at a football club between
the manager, chairman and directors. The
vital ingredient in those relationships is
communication. Proper communication
sets realistic goals and manages
expectations. Poor communication
creates confusion and sets the scene for
failure. The volatility in management and
coaching continues to undermine the
profession at a time when the game needs
to continue to encourage players towards
the end of their careers to stay in football.
The recent mid-season transfer window
once again produced a flurry of activity,
discussion and debate. Across the game,
views on the transfer window remain
relatively mixed, but the majority of the
LMA’s members certainly feel there needs
to be a review of the current system. The
managers are at the sharp-end of football’s
recruitment market, it is one of the most
visible and debated parts of their role, and
in its current guise it creates a period of
unnecessary intense pressure and scrutiny.
It is time Uefa fulfilled its promise of a
review, into which the LMA’s members can
play an extremely important role.
It has been six months since the LMA
relocated to St George’s Park and we have
more than settled into our new home.
During this time, the LMA and Castrol
hosted the inaugural European Managers
and Coaches Forum. This landmark,
pioneering event was supported and
facilitated by Sir Alex Ferguson and Howard
Wilkinson with the aim of creating an
environment where football’s elite could
come together to share their knowledge,
experience and future vision for the game.
We thank Castrol for their support with
this project and look forward to working
with them in the coming years and building
relationships with managers and coaches
from the leagues across Europe.
More recently, the LMA was delighted
to once again support The Prince’s Trust
and to host the LMA Managers’ Cup
for the first time at St George’s Park.
This truly engaging event brings LMA
members together with teams of young
people on Prince’s Trust programmes for
a day of football and teamwork, with the
managers each being assigned a team for
the day. The LMA’s members that took
part demonstrated the extremely positive
impact they can have on community
projects and, ultimately, in improving the
lives of young people.
As we now enter the ‘business end’ of
the season, I wish every team the very best.
Whether it be for the pursuit of silverware,
promotion or even survival, I am sure we
are in for another exciting season finale.
Managers such as
Moyes came together
for the European
and Coaches Forum.