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The content in this episode was a result of the many discussions and thoughts Rob had about what is happening at the moment in elite football, particularly around the European Super League. Rob believes it has been spoken about enough already but there are lessons to be learnt from this situation.





Stewardship is so appropriate to this situation, there are so many things we can learn and analyse from this word in life and in the world.

Because of the enormous outcry from supporters, influencers and players about creating the European super league, because it was a mass disagreement, it made it virtually possible for it to go ahead, it was evident it was a bad decision. There were many clear consequences that would be negative, the only reasoning many could see was financial gain for the organisers.

One of the things that was argued in the discussion, was that football clubs are businesses and they must be run as so, or there wouldn’t be any football. But, we are not just dealing with a business that creates a product that people are not emotionally tied to. To think of them just as businesses is very limited thinking.

Each Football club has its own story, wisdom and history that is embedded in the club and the heart of its supporters.

In many cases, the people at the top with the power to make the decision to go into the super league are not engaged sufficiently with what it is they have in their control. If they were, if they were in a relationship with what it really and truly is, then the decision would not have been made.

Owning a football club is probably one of the greatest examples of stewardship, the issue is how good at stewardship are they?


“As I was thinking about all this, the word that came to mind…is stewardship”

“It was a shock to millions of people and there was an outcry”


“These are powerful, beautifully created, generational entities”

“It’s a sad fact that the owners, the people in power…are sadly out of touch with what it is they are controlling”



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Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA, and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non-League and grassroots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.


Rob Ryles prides himself on having a forward thinking and progressive approach to the game built through his own experience as well as lessons learned from a number of highly successful managers and coaches.


The Leader Manager Coach Podcast is where we take a deep dive examining knowledge, philosophies, wisdom and insight to help you lead, manage and coach in football, sport and life.



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