Thursday 31 March 2016
'Glazer Gatekeeper' lecture and Man United football graduates
The 'Glazer Gatekeeper' lectures to staff and students
Former Glazer family press spokesman, Tehsin Nayani, visited the University this week to discuss his involvement in the family's controversial takeover of Manchester Utd in 2005. Nayani served the Glazer family between 2005 and 2011 and advised them in relation to their ownership of the Club. He first worked with the Glazer family as a director of their financial PR firm Smithfield before moving to work directly for the family in May 2007. In the lecture, Mr Nayani read passages from his book ‘The Glazer Gatekeeper’. He also recalled his day-to-day dealings with the Glazer family, Manchester United and the pursuant global press pack as part of a lively Q&A.
Manchester United double for football graduates
Football studies graduates Luke Lazenby and Sam Hall have been appointed as analysts at Manchester United. Luke will be responsible for analysis at the U-18 level, whilst Sam will look after a similar function for the Club's U21s. Both move from Football League clubs with Luke joining Manchester United from Brentford and Sam from Reading. Indeed both Luke and Sam first broke into the professional game as a result of the University's network of links and internship opportunities. Discussing their employment, LMCFR director, Dr Richard Elliott commented: "I'm delighted that Luke and Sam have secured employment at Manchester United. Both benefitted from opportunities that we were able to provide to them here at the University as part of their studies and both have now firmly established themselves in the professional game with one of the world's biggest club's. I wish them both every success for the future."
Graduate appointed at Crawley Town
Football studies graduate Scott Bratt has been appointed as head of football and sport development at League 2 Crawley Town FC. Scott, who previously worked at Southampton FC whilst completing his studies, will work with the club's community foundation to increase the quality and provision of local school sport. He will also manage the club's talent development centres, creating a clear footballing pathway from U5 to U18. Discussing the importance of his degree in helping him secure the role, Scott commented: “Football studies has been the perfect preparation for my first full-time role in football. Coaching, management, sociology and football development all play massive parts in my role, as they did in my three years studying at Solent. The course itself, and the tutelage from all lecturers on the course, has provided me with a fantastic grounding on which I can build a career in football.”
In this month's round-up we hear from former student and faculty member, Gavin Weedon who has been awarded a PhD, Francis Benali visited the University, and the University hosts 'Careers in Football' workshop.