The football season is almost upon us once again. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since Chris Schindler of Huddersfield Town scored the final goal of the English season on Monday 29th May at Wembley, securing their place in the Premier League. From June through to August, clubs from around the UK have their biggest recruitment drives of the year. In this blog, we look at how football clubs and businesses are alike in their method of recruitment.

The BIG Money Signing

Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Kyle Walker have been the players with the biggest transfer fees over the past few weeks. Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City haven’t just splashed the cash for no reason. They have seen something in these players, which will benefit their teams in moving them forward. The same can be said about businesses and how they recruit. Everyone wants to be successful and recruit someone with a proven track record in their specific industry. Gaining the best results doesn’t come cheap. Sometimes for whatever reason things don’t work out and you end up with the Fernando Torres of Chelsea as opposed to the one you saw at Liverpool.

The Journeyman

‘They’ve had more clubs than Tiger Woods’, the old saying, when your new signing boasts a ten-year career which has seen them transferred to several sides during that time. Take Peter Crouch, for example, who has twelve clubs under his belt or everyone’s favourite Football Manager ‘wonderkid’ Freddy Adu, who in a thirteen-year history has had thirteen different employers and yet he is still only 28 years of age. We’ve all worked with someone like this and rather than looking to develop their skills and progress in their role, they choose to move on to another job. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Stability is a great thing and it maybe that you must wait for the door to open for a promotion, but who’s to say taking a sideward step to similar employment could lead to a longer wait for that promotion.

The One Club Man

Being able to say that you have stayed with the same business throughout your working life is a credit to you. Having that stability shows that you are well respected in the job that you do for them. You might not get appreciated daily, but believe me your work colleagues and bosses respect everything that you do. The thought may well have crossed your mind to leave and that is normal as you’ve never seen how another organisation works. However, you stuck to your guns and remained loyal. Prime examples in the football world are Ryan Giggs, who spent all 24 years of his professional career at Manchester United and Francesco Totti at Roma who clocked up over 700 appearances in a career spanning 25 years.

The Free Transfer

Depending on the circumstances, you may have been made redundant or your contract came to an end, leaving you out of work and looking for employment. Times have never been so hard, with more than 16 million people claiming to have less than £100 in savings. With this in mind, do you apply for every job possible or do you keep it cool and apply for roles that you have previous experience and knowledge in? It happens yearly in the football world, experienced pros who have to ponder dropping down the divisions to start a fresh in a lifestyle that they aren’t used to. Adriano the ex-Brazilian international and one-time face of the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series, has gone from such high’s as playing at the highest level with Inter Milan in Italy to most recently plying his trade with the American fourth division side Miami United. On the other hand, a player who achieved huge success when joining Leicester City was the Argentine international Esteban Cambiasso, who had spells with European giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan, once his contract wasn’t being renewed.

These comparisons show that the football transfer window is very similar to general day to day recruitment in all walks of life. We can all relate to at least one of these examples in our place of work. Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 of our Fantasy Football blog, where we look at ex professional players and their career changes after football.

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