How The Concept Of Trust Assists In Understanding The Role Of The Contemporary Professional Football Manager

A seminar as part of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series

Given by: Dr Seamus Kelly,  University College Dublin

Lecture Theatre B04
43 Gordon Square
Birkbeck College

Monday 4th November 2019 at 6pm

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Attendance at the event is free but you need TO REGISTER.


In this presentation Dr Seamus Kelly explores the complexity of the path to becoming, and remaining, a professional football manager. in an ultimate results-based industry. Professional football managers are the subject of considerable scrutiny from industry stakeholders such as media and fans concerning team selection, style of play and player recruitment strategies in particular. More recently, managers are faced with a working environment epitomized by interference from owners and directors and are viewed as marketable assets and commodities that are bought, sold and discarded by clubs and their owners once their managerial value dissipates. In this presentation, drawing from research from his book The Role of the Contemporary Professional Football Manager. (2017, Routledge). Dr Kelly will explore how the role of trust assists in understanding how professional football managers deal with the chronic insecurity, vulnerability, rejection and psychological fear of failure that are definitive features of their professional lives.


Dr. Seamus Kelly is a Lecturer in and Director of the UCD Centre for Sport Studies. His research examines aspects of management in professional football and was based on interviews with players, agents and managers in the English Premier League, Championship and League I & II. In terms of his research, gaining access to the closed world of professional football was due, in part, to his previous professional (Cardiff City, St. Patricks Athletic & Bohemian F.C) and semi-professional (UCD & Longford Town) playing experience. Seamus is also a former UCD soccer scholarship recipient and was selected for the Irish Universities, Irish Beach Soccer and numerous Irish National League representative teams. He also attained one Irish B cap and numerous winners league medals from the UK and Ireland.


Contact Details

Further Details On This Seminar Series 


Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6759


Twitter: @Birkbecksport

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