Analysing the Director of Analytics

In his fourth column of a series for Training Ground Guru, David Slemen explains why for any club with ambition to learn something new, the Director of Analytics is a “non-negotiable” role.

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Baroness Sue Campbell: A Case-Study in Leadership

The Telegraph’s article about Baroness Sue Campbell stood out for me after the work we did together to find the England Women’s Senior Head Coach at the beginning of last year.  Because in this job it is so easy to spend time discussing an idealised view of leadership. But so much harder to come across a live example of that leader…”, by David Slemen.

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The Art and Science of Head Coach Recruitment – by 21st Club

“Hiring managers in football should be one of the easiest recruitment tasks in the world. Whereas organisations in finance or law rarely get the chance to obtain a full view on prospective candidates, football coaches operate in a highly visible space with very clear performance outcomes, and therefore allow prospective employers to gain a near-complete understanding of their ability and suitability…”, by 21st Club.

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Understanding The Performance Window

Transfer Windows give moments of focus for teams to recruit on-field talent.  But arguably an equally sizeable competitive advantage comes from developing this talent, ensuring everyone in the team can improve to create an environment of continuous development and learning. We call that, The Performance Window…

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Discussing the Director of High Performance with Training Ground Guru

Thinking ahead to next season, David Slemen investigates one role that could have a real impact in football – The Director of High Performance – in his latest column for Training Ground Guru and considers those we could learn a lot from.

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Desert Island Books: 6 Books That Have Shaped My Journey

“While trawling the internet in search of Harry Potter costumes for my sons for World Book Day, I found myself thinking about which book I would have chosen that has influenced me and my decisions…”, by David Slemen

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Sharing Valuable Content from 21st Club

“I enjoyed reading another excellent article from our partners, the 21st Club this weekend, ‘A Wheeler Dealer You Can Trust’, highlighting one of the objective measurements we look at with them when recruiting head coaches. a manger’s perceived profile…”, by David Slemen

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Leadership Team Insights: The Role of the Sporting Director

Last year, David Slemen shared his thoughts on the five key roles transforming high-performance sport with Training Ground Guru, naming the Sporting Director as top of the list. This month, he has been invited to elaborate on the role itself.

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