Vincent Kompany sounds like he’ll be a pretty good Premier League manager, if he settles on running a team instead of a business.
Manchester City’s captain, 31, has graduated from Alliance Manchester Business School with an MBA, which is pretty impressive for a professional footballer (even one who’s had some, ahem, time away from the field sue to injuries).
We’d also love to know if your average joe MBA student would be allowed to write his dissertation on the same subject as Kompany, “How professional football clubs in the Premier League can benefit from home game advantage and achieve game-changing levels of improvement.”
Here are his thoughts on the why and how of his project, from the school’s web site.
“Football is more than a sport. It impacts social issues and is big business. I was able to focus my research on the football industry and how clubs can benefit from home advantage. Part of this involved interviewing 25 footballers who have played at the top levels of international football. I feel I have crossed the finishing line of the course much better than when I started and although I want to continue playing football as long as possible, I may look to use this combination of academic learning and years of playing experience in the future.”
The Guardiola-Arteta-Kompany captain’s meetings must be brilliant.