League Managers Association Case Study

League Managers Association score top marks

The programme, created by Prof Sue Bridgewater, Director of Executive Education at ULMS was specifically tailored to the needs of LMA members and was based on research undertaken across the professional footballing world.

A needs analysis undertaken by the LMA and Prof Sue Bridgewater identified gaps in the depth of knowledge and skills which professional coaching qualifications provided for current and prospective football managers. It was also highlighted that many candidates left formal education early, and didn’t gain business or leadership experience during their football playing careers.

The research identified areas in which an applied management toolkit could help candidates both to gain jobs in the tough world of professional football, to remain in those jobs for longer and to progress up the leagues. Learning is practical and applied to the football context. Topics include leadership, strategic thinking, football finance, influencing people and negotiation with football’s many and diverse stakeholders.

The Diploma in Professional Studies (Football Management) is jointly funded by the LMA, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and The Premier League.

I wish I had taken this course earlier as I have learnt so much that is certain to help me improve in my future career.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Norwegian professional football manager

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