5 Differences between International and Club Management
Club management is not the same as leading a country. Here are the reasons why.
As the net continues to bulge, the hopes of nations rest heavily on the shoulders of eleven men, but many are quick to forget the orchestrators of such magic – the managers.
Yes, the sideline-standers will have as much of an impact on your nation’s progression at this summer’s tournament as your favourite fearsome frontman or midfield maestro; the job is considered to be an awful lot tougher than club management for a select number of reasons, here’s a look at five differences between the two...
1) Domestic dosh
In club football, money talks. If a manager sees a vulnerability in the hub of their side, it can easily be plugged by dipping into the transfer kitty and offering top players superior wages to what their current club has on the table; ultimately, club managers play a crucial part in deciding who walks in and out of the club door.
At the international level, however, this is not the case, nationality is invariant (barring dual-nationality circumstances), meaning a manager of a national outfit has to deal with what he’s got at his disposal.
This makes for a far more even playing field; success is determined by a team’s unity and ability on match day, not on who has the biggest wallet and so many regard international football as the only avenue of the beautiful game untainted by financial firepower.
It magnifies the work of the gaffer in greater detail, as they have to rely on their tactical know how to sort out a tricky situation, rather than turning to money.