The philosophy of a business is the thoughts and mindsets that guide the way things are done in that organisation. Philosophical alignment is critical to the success of a business. For instance, the chance of realising a business goal is small, if the sales representatives don’t subscribe to the target set by the board members. This is why successful businesses dedicate a substantial amount of resources to educating all team members about the goals of the organisation and how to achieve them.

However, the case is different for most football clubs. Stakeholders often concentrate on how to win the next match that they set aside the philosophies of the club. For example, if the club’s philosophy is to develop young talents, that goal can be set aside when the club is to play against a ‘big’ team. Also, it can be set aside when the club has lost some games in a roll. Furthermore, it is evident in the recruitment of managers. It is rare to find a club that hires a manager that has the same style as the previous manager. As such, the philosophies of the club change or are set aside for the new manager. This can result in non-performance of previously performing players.


When a football club successfully implements the club philosophy and ensures that it affects every unit of the club, there will be low staff and players turnover, because the recruiters will only employ those who endorse the philosophy of the club. Also, it helps the club to be independent. Sometimes, some clubs have to depend on a team member because of their skills and experience; however, when the club’s philosophy is superior to everyone, it is easier to replace anyone within the organisation. Furthermore, it helps the club to negotiate better because they are sure of what they want. Also, most of the team members will be emotionally connected to the club, and this will allow for better performance.

You should develop a philosophy for your club now that you will hold on to even if results are not favourable. In the long run, it will be worth it.