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    1. December 27, 2015

      The Baseline: Manchester United’s woes

      Manchester United sit in sixth place in the Premier League — and the Old Trafford faithful are restless, an...

    2. Sporting View

      December 23, 2015

      Man United's struggles in the post-Ferguson era

      John Burn-Murdoch There has been a remarkable reshuffling of the established order during this Premier League season....

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    1. The Business of Football

      A successful World Cup this year defied the sceptics and consolidated football’s posit...
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    1. Sporting View

      December 14, 2015

      How long do Premier League managers stay in their jobs?

      Last week Garry Monk became the seventh Premier League manager to be dismissed by his club in 2015, and the 11th top...

    2. December 6, 2015

      Highly effective but ugly beats the beautiful game

      Let’s face it, Manchester United are boring. The team once graced by Charlton, Best, Cantona, van Nistelroy, Rooney and...

    3. December 1, 2015

      Best books of 2015

      Lionel Barber Editor of the Financial Times In How Music Got Free , Stephen Witt tells of how technology in the form of...

    4. November 8, 2015

      Feedback: leaders versus managers

      Insead business school’s Herminia Ibarra looked at the distinction between leaders and managers in a column last week....

    5. November 2, 2015

      When a leader is not a manager and other modern myths

      “My job was to make everyone understand that the impossible was possible. That’s the difference between leadership and...

    6. October 30, 2015

      José Mourinho, football’s Lord of Chaos

      Imagine that José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix stuck with the business course his mother enrolled him on in his...

    7. October 26, 2015

      Gilbert should handle opportunistic offers with Aberdonian grit

      Martin Gilbert used to say he’d step down as chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management when his friend Sir Alex...

    8. September 25, 2015

      The striking partnership of Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz

      When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s...

    9. The World

      May 3, 2015

      English football and Scottish independence

      In a couple of hours time, I will be setting down at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea play Crystal Palace and – I hope –...

    10. March 15, 2015

      Have Manchester United improved under Louis van Gaal?

      After decades of sustained success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the two seasons since his departure have been unpleasant...

    11. March 11, 2015

      Alex Ferguson reveals secrets of his success

      Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has co-written a book that the publisher promises will reveal his...

    12. December 1, 2014

      Why a winning football formula can often get lost in translation

      The alchemy that produces a successful manager is almost as elusive as the one for making gold, but that has not...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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’...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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/...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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