Managers, directors and trust in professional football

Seamus Kelly, John Harris

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    Based on semi-structured interviews with 25 players and 20 managers this essay will examine the relationship between managers and the owners and directors of professional football clubs. The findings identify hostility and distrust as a common feature of this relationship. More specifically, from the standpoint of managers, this hostility and distrust partially emanates from the perceived motives of owners and directors and their interference in issues traditionally seen as falling within the manager's role. The research highlights the very closed and insular world of professional football and also considers how the changing nature and status of the game impacts upon traditional roles and functions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-502
    Number of pages4
    JournalSport in Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • sport
    • football management


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