What a week for football, one which has ended with no manager and no captain for the much loved England team – two of the most important leadership roles!
Questions continue to be asked as to whether the Football Association made the right decision when it stripped John Terry of the England captaincy while he awaits trial accused of racial abuse. This led to Fabio Capello resigning from his job as England manager and presents the FA with a serious dilemma – and only four months to go as we gear up for Euro 2012.
Singled out by the popular vote for the England job is Harry Redknapp, who himself has recently received a not guilty verdict following a five year probe. Alan Shearer says that the Football Association should “move heaven and earth” to ensure Harry Redknapp becomes the next England manager. “He understands players and players understand him. That is a perfect mix. I’d move heaven and earth to get him.”
The question remains, will anyone have time to bring together disparate players, forge a team and engender a winning performance? In business and in sport – in fact in all walks of life – the leader plays a significant role in the delivery of success. If this is recognised, I often wonder why we focus so much on what they are paid and not on what they achieve?