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Cultural awareness just as important as business acumen

Is it possible to take charge of an organisation in the commercial world and run it effectively if you know little or nothing about the company’s core business?

Imagine an automotive industry wizard – the sort of person who has built up a highly successful engineering business – being parachuted into ailing supermarket giant Woolworths and being told to turn it round quickly.

Do you back the person running a mining empire to know how to run an emotional and consumer oriented sector such as health care?


Time for the A-League to start a-new

As Football Federation Australia was trying to sell Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City’s owner City Football Group was in talks with Chinese investors.Desperate to sell the Jets after seizing control from cash-strapped cowboy owner Nathan Tinkler last May, talks over an estimated $3m sale collapsed last month.

Weeks later CFG sold a 13 per cent stake to China Media Group (CMG) for $553.3m, valuing City’s owners at $4.15 billion. Melbourne City’s true value is hard to quantify, but it’s more than the $11.25m they paid in January 2014.

Global investment in football is out of control, but the A-League has stagnated. How does the A-League tap into the serious football wealth abroad rather than scrapping for a few million dollars to stay afloat?


Europa League success could save Premier League’s fourth Champions League spot

A successful Europa League run could be more helpful to England’s coefficient ranking than qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages as the Premier League looks to keep hold of its fourth qualifying spot in Europe’s elite competition.

Manchester United will be playing in Europe’s second competition from February after finishing third in their group following a defeat to Wolfsburg on Tuesday, while Arsenal and Chelsea’s Champions League hopes hang by a thread ahead of this week’s final group games.

There is concern that Serie A could snatch England’s fourth Champions League qualifying slot for the beginning of the 2017/18 season due to a stronger coefficient.


A-League crisis averted as clubs to be handed greater control after meeting with FFA

Plansfor a breakaway A-League have been postponed after Football Federation Australia gave disgruntled club owners greater control of the game’s immediate future.

Clubs were appeased after Wednesday’s meeting at FFA HQ, with new FFA chairman Steven Lowy agreeing to crucial changes and financial transparency in the short-term.

The biggest development was the FFA ratifying a new committee giving clubs more ownership of TV rights negotiations and future marketing strategies, including the recruitment of marquee players.


FFA, fan boycott: Agreement reached as active supporters decide to end boycott following meeting

Active supporter groups from across the A-League have confirmed their boycott of games is off after reaching an agreement in principle with Football Federation Australia on Wednesday night.

Releasing a joint statement on Facebook following the meeting, fans expressed their pleasure with negotiating the implementation of a “fair and equitable (appeals) system”.

“The minimum requirements of those systems have been agreed to, with the finer details to be finalised shortly,” read Sydney FC’s the Cove statement, with similar being issued by the major fan groups.


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