Movement of football managers between clubs

Football managers

When most individuals think about movement between football clubs the thing that immediately springs to mind is the movement of the players through transfer fees. However, in many cases the movement of a manager between two football clubs will become just as high profile.

Currently there are a group of extremely high profile managers which are in high demand across European football. Accordingly football clubs playing in England will do all that they can to ensure one of these managers is in charge of their team.

Football managers and free movement of workers

Football managers in the same way as football players are treated as workers for the purpose of European Union law. This means that football managers who are a citizen of any European Union Member State will be able to move freely to come and work for an English football club, or any other club in any European Union Member State for that matter.

What is the position for football managers from outside the European Union?

For football managers from outside the European Union the position will remain the same as any other worker wishing to come to the United Kingdom having already been provided with the offer of work.

It is for this reason that if a club wishes to employ an individual from outside the European Union as their manager they will be required to obtain a work permit for that individual.

What will be the requirements for the work permit?

There are many specific requirements when a footballer from outside the European Union must adhere to if he wishes to obtain a work permit but for a football manager it is more structured along the usual requirements for a work permit.

Therefore a club wishing to gain a work permit from the Home Office for their manager will need to show that the manager has particular skills and experience which could not be gained from another and that he will make a significant contribution to the game in the United Kingdom.

This has been seen recently with West Ham obtaining a work permit for their new Israeli manager in charge for the 2010/11 season.

Under what situations will a club be able to gain the services of a new manager?

When a football club has lost their previous manager, for any reason, it is extremely important that they gain the services of another manager quickly.

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For more information on:

  • Are there restrictions placed upon a club gaining their services in these situations?
  • The manager does not have a contract with another football club
  • The manager is under contract with another football club
  • Do clubs have to pay a transfer fee for a manager for a manager who moves clubs in this manner?
  • What kind of arrangement?
  • What is this compensation for?
  • What happens if the clubs cannot agree an adequate amount of compensation?
  • The manager has just recently been dismissed from another football club
  • Do the FIFA Transfer Windows apply to managers as well as players?