Management of a Club
Clubs like any organisation, be it formal or informal, public or private, profit or non-profit are made up of individuals at different hierarchy, performing different functions but with the sole aim of accomplishing the goal and objectives of its establishment.
In essence, soccer club can be considered as a formal organisation with written or laid-down rules and regulations, division of labour and accountability. It can also be seen as an informal organisation administered with unwritten rules and regulations and where inter-personal relationship outwit any formal actions.
It can be seen as a profit oriented organisation because of profit motive as seen in professional soccer clubs which are meant to break even. They are like private enterprises or limited liability company and there can be share-holders.
However, it can also be seen as a non-profit making organisation with the amateur status and are meant to render some social services to the state or country.
Common element in all organisation are goal or purpose, plan and managers.
Whatever may be our perception of soccer clubs, all of them have basis for setting them up. To accomplish these objectives, there is need for a management team to co-ordinate the activities of the clubs and relieve the players of the burden of co-ordinating and concentrating on their actual tasks.
The differences between a successful dynamic and promising club and unsuccessful and relegated club is the nature of management.
What is Managing a Soccer Club?
This is a process of harnessing human, material and physical resources of the club so that the objectives of the club can be accomplished. It is a social phenomenon of co-ordinating activities of players in such a way that it becomes less burdensome and they will have the opportunity to concentrate on their skills. It is a physical phenomenon whereby the programmes or activities of the club for a season or year are scheduled in such a way that functions of the personnel involved will not overlap and reduce the rate of conflict.
Managing a soccer club can be seen as a co-ordinated effort by a group of people (technocrats) appointed, selected or mandated to see to the day-to-day running of the club in terms of selection of technical personnel, hiring of coaches, scouting for players, arranging matches, working out a judicious pay system which is equitable with other clubs so as to reduce high turnover rate from the players.
Managing a club therefore can be seen as formulation of plans and policies and use as the execution for the purpose of accomplishing the objectives of the organization.