Gino Pozzo Redefines The Role Of The Soccer Head CoachJuly 31, 2019 - Author: steph
The Italian soccer club owner, Gino Pozzo has been one of the most successful owners in European soccer for the last few years continuing the success achieved by his father as the owner of the Italian team, Udinese. Despite coming from one of the most successful families in European soccer, Gino does not believe the game should stand still and has evolved his approach to club ownership to suit the needs of clubs sitting just outside the elite of European soccer.
Upon arriving at England’s Watford F.C. in 2012, Gino Pozzo found an outdated club still living on the heady days of the ownership of Sir Elton John in the 1980s. Gino Pozzo decided the tie was right to develop a new model of managing a soccer club that would provide the fans of the club with a period of success lasting many years into the future. Pozzo worked with Watford’s Chief Executive to make sure the needs of a single head coach would not strangle the development of the club as a whole.
Looking at clubs sitting just outside the European elite, Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury decided the average tenure of a head coach was just two seasons. Because of this, it made little sense to Pozzo for a head coach to be left in control of player recruitment when they would probably not be around for the development of any young players. Instead, Pozzo employs a team of global scouts who have the ability to identify the best quality players and present reports to Pozzo with details of their skills and potential value. From this Pozzo negotiates deals with the head coach providing information on weak areas of the squad in need of investment. The head coach is a simple cog in the wheel of the organization at Watford F.C. that is continuing to develop as the club becomes a staple of the Premier League.
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