What is involved in completing the takeover of a football club? Why do some deals take months? And why do some fall through entirely? We spoke to an expert in the field to find out more about the dark arts of football business.
Omar Chaudhuri is Head of Football Intelligence at 21st Club, a company that uses data and analytics to inform and consult at various levels of football, from advising on player recruitment and managerial hires to providing due diligence checks on entire squads.
We sat down with Omar at Wembley Stadium, where he was able to shed light on the murky details that can make takeovers tick.
With Amanda Staveley’s interest in Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United the biggest potential takeover to have hit the headlines in quite some time, Chaudhuri revealed the regularly-overlooked minutiae that can both accelerate and decelerate the completion of any big deals.
While Newcastle’s takeover rumbles on and Geordie fans are kept anxious in suspense, Omar also took time to praise the way Southampton had gone about establishing themselves as, first, a top flight side, and then, more lately, a top-half side within the Premier League elite.
Heralding their process for hiring managers in particular, Omar was full of praise for the way the Saints have been run in the eight years since they were relegated to League One, pointing them out as an exemplar club that others, such as Newcastle, ought to look towards as inspiration.
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