HRM In Football

Posted in Human Resources Articles, Total Reads: 2719 , Published on 08 May 2012

Watching different elite football clubs in Europe for the past decade, I have observed every team on the pitch is different than the other in terms of their players’ character, composure, intensity and determination. The one person who is responsible for this is the Manager of the team. Often people confuse with the words ‘Manager’ and ‘Coach’ stating that imply the same meaning. However there is a massive difference in both the terms, as the role of a coach has evolved over a period of time and has been replaced by the manager with requisite HRM skills.

The basic functions of most managers includes the selection, supervision and coaching of players of the first team and reserve team and constructing tactics and strategies. For this the knowledge of the sport is very important.

The other important functions challenging the team managers are Buying and selling of players, contract negotiations, Scouting, managing their entire staff and promoting/justifying the club affairs in media. All these functions are similar to those of Human Resource personnel and these can be served effectively only if the managers have good experience and knowledge of HR practices.

Effective team managers have highly developed interpersonal skills and an understanding of what motivates people to commit and perform as well as develop their potential. They understand the importance of balancing tasks so that the team members are focused on their performance.

Successful team managers communicate effectively by both listening to the team and directing each player or the team as a whole. They design the squad such that consistency is achieved and sound and patient decision making is observed without any prejudice.

Their charisma and pep talk can do wonders in dealing with player problems within themselves or with the club management and help to build a positive team atmosphere. Thus they must have the necessary physical fitness, mental toughness and emotional stability to deal with the demands of the role.

The team manager is the face of the team and has to handle enormous media pressure and expectations of the club management, players and fans alike. This is similar to the role of a HR manager trying to balance the expectations of his employer and the employees.

Sports community today is making sure that professional education through training and workshops are being undertaken by the sports team managers for acquiring the requisite HRM skills to fulfill these expectations.

This article has been authored by Veda Kisara from NMIMS.

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