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    1. MBA blog

      November 3, 2014

      A few of my favourite things

      View of the Boston Charles River at sunset When I conducted my business school research, I asked many alumni if they...

    2. September 5, 2014

      Jorge Mendes, power broker behind football’s elite

      Nearly 20 years ago, in his nightclub in the windy northern Portuguese coastal town of Caminha, Jorge Mendes became a...

    1. August 31, 2014

      Is Manchester United the new Tesco?

      Take a rock-solid British company: a market leader at home for years, in which time it has achieved increasing penetration...

    2. August 8, 2014

      Salford students team up with Class of ‘92

      Students at Salford Business School may soon get a chance to work with their sporting idols, following an agreement between...

    3. July 21, 2014

      A stepping stone links Tesco’s Philip Clarke and Man Utd’s Moyes

      Shortly after Philip Clarke made his surprising – and, it turns out, prescient – admission at a conference in March that his...

    4. July 11, 2014

      Football and technology score for marketing guru James Freedman

      James Freedman, 49, is founder and chief executive of digital marketing agency Zone, whose clients include Tesco, BT and...

    5. July 6, 2014

      World Cup performance is poor test of transfer value

      A month ago nobody wanted the Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. He had just finished bottom of the French league with the...

    6. May 19, 2014

      Welcome to age of Van Gaal and ‘the total person’

      In September 1991, on the eve of becoming coach of Ajax Amsterdam, Louis van Gaal talked to his wife about how to do his...

    7. May 19, 2014

      Players and press braced for van Gaal reign

      Narcissistic, paranoid, intense, domineering – these are some of the traits Wayne Rooney and his teammates may find in Louis...

    8. April 25, 2014

      Man Utd’s Woodward carries burden of finding Moyes’ successor

      Ed Woodward cuts an unlikely footballing figure, whether he is watching a training session or seated in the directors’ box....

    9. April 22, 2014

      Moyes pays the penalty for Glazers’ misstep

      The manner of David Moyes’ sacking as Manchester United manager tells much about how, when it comes to matters of pure...

    10. April 22, 2014

      The financier entrusted to steer Manchester United’s transition

      Ed Woodward had already begun the transition from financier to football heavyweight when he became vice-chairman of...

    11. April 22, 2014

      Manchester United’s biggest problem is not selecting next manager

      David Moyes’s sacking, after just 10 months as Manchester United’s manager, is above all a story of image. No other British...

    12. Business Blog

      April 22, 2014

      Five lessons from Manchester United's Professor Moyes

      Lesson Two: ensure your predecessor is dead or distant (photo: Getty) Good morning and welcome to the new Harvard MBA module...

    13. April 16, 2014

      Alex Ferguson to raise £3m from sale of reds (and whites)

      The Reds of Manchester United may have declined in value after a torrid season, but the reds in the private cellar of former...

    14. April 6, 2014

      Ecclestone faces a tricky F1 summer

      Bernie Ecclestone spreads out a diary planner on to a table in his Knightsbridge headquarters and exclaims: “That’s the sort...

    15. April 4, 2014

      Sir Alex Ferguson signs for Harvard Business School

      Sir Alex Ferguson has transferred from the English football Premier League to the American Ivy league with a job at Harvard...

    16. January 26, 2014

      Football wisdom for fund managers

      Large-scale finance factories are blamed for launching copied, commoditised products, identical to those of rivals in all...

    17. January 10, 2014

      Manchester United: Profits before goals

      With a warning that his results “have not lived up to our standards”, the Glazer family lost patience and fired their club’s...

    18. December 6, 2013

      The Diary: Lionel Barber

      Lights, cameras, action! Sir Alex Ferguson strides on stage to thunderous applause. The Boss claps back. We might as well be...

    19. December 4, 2013

      Why big budgets still generate the hottest tickets

      Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment, by Anita Elberse, Henry Holt/Faber, $30/...

    20. December 1, 2013

      Jumpers for Goalposts, Bush Theatre, London – review

      It happens every week, in football grounds all over the world: the motivational team talk. Even so, I doubt that Sir Alex...

    21. October 25, 2013

      My Autobiography, by Alex Ferguson

      Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography, Hodder & Stoughton, RRP£25, 416 pages The only person I ever coached who was totally...

    22. October 22, 2013

      Ferguson spreads his management gospel

      From the dockyards of Glasgow to Pall Mall in the heart of St James: Sir Alex Ferguson completed an improbable journey on...

    23. October 22, 2013

      Sir Alex Ferguson in quotes

      Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager of Manchester United football club, has always been known for his sharp tongue. In his...

    24. October 22, 2013

      Sir Alex Ferguson imparts his management wisdom

      Sir Alex Ferguson – fearsome temper, canny operator, master of psychology, but according to his newly published...

    25. September 22, 2013

      Watch out for RDR’s football ‘penalty’

      Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have dominated British football over the past 20 years. The star manager and the...

    26. FT Alphaville

      September 20, 2013

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Friday, - DOJ to reporter: “what’s a high road?” - The (declining) quality of jobs. - Waiting tables, for...

    27. September 15, 2013

      Masters in Management: Management lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson

      “For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done’. Those are the two best words...

    28. August 30, 2013

      From gaffer to guru

      The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football’s Leaders, by Mike Carson, Bloomsbury, RRP£16.99, 320 pages Football managers –...

    29. MBA blog

      June 21, 2013

      What lies ahead, after the final lecture?

      I had my final day of class recently. The leadership module was a fitting end to the 12 modules I attended at Durham...

    30. May 24, 2013

      A league above

      Later this evening, the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium will...

    31. May 17, 2013

      What David Moyes and Sir Alex really do

      Sometimes as a journalist you get lucky. In March I spent a day at Everton Football Club’s training ground at Finch Farm. I...

    32. May 10, 2013

      Sir Alex Ferguson: football’s last Boss

      Soon after Sir Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United in 1986, his team lost to the small south London club of...

    33. May 10, 2013

      Sir Alex Ferguson

      The internet, the euro and a free Nelson Mandela are among the things that did not exist in 1986 when Sir Alex Ferguson took...

    34. May 10, 2013

      Letter from Lex: legend’s end

      Many men may be legends in their own minds, but few are in real life. Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager who is retiring from...

    35. May 9, 2013

      David Moyes to succeed Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

      David Moyes was installed as successor to Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United after agreeing a six-year contract....

    36. May 8, 2013

      Manchester United’s global brand reaches crossroads

      Like Margaret Thatcher’s death, the announcement that Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring after 26 years as Manchester United...

    37. May 8, 2013

      Sir Alex, the Queen and plans to succeed

      It has been a destabilising week in Britain. The Queen announced she was stepping back from some of her more onerous duties...

    38. May 8, 2013

      Wall St continues positive run

      Wall Street stocks helped fuel the continuing rally that has lifted the US market to record levels, with Electronic Arts...

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