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Squad of 17 players & managers sign up to WBS professional football management course

Seventeen more professional football payers and managers will start Warwick Business School's renowned Certificate in Football Management course this week at the University of Warwick.

There will bean opportunity to meet the 17 strong squad and some of graduates of last years course on Monday June 4th 10:00am  at the main Warwick Business School on the University of Warwick campus. Past graduates of the course include Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Darren Fergusson and Adrian Boothroyd  

The line up of  those that will be available on the day is listed below. Also available for interview will be Dr Sue Bridgewater Academic Director of the programme, and Lecturer in Marketing & Strategic Management. Her research interests include football clubs as brands, branding, marketing and strategy in professional sports, and strategic management of football.

Course graduate Adrian Boothroyd said: "The idea of the course is to take good practice from business and other sports, things like dealing with the media, project management, organising finances, which make you more prepared. The course is the best one I've ever been on."

The programme is designed to provide managers and potential managers with the business and personal management skills they will need for the increasingly fraught business of football management.

 Warwick Business School was commissioned by the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers' Association, and the Football Association to provide a qualification to sit alongside the Football Association's mandatory UEFA Pro Licence. It is designed to develop the management skills of footballers who are in or who want to take on football management roles.  


The new intake includes:

Nigel Adkins, Manager, Scunthorpe
Wayne Allison, Coach Chesterfield
Bob Bloomer, Assistant Manager, Cheltenham
Keith Downing, Coach Cheltenham
Sean Dyche, Player Northampton
Steve Guinan, Player Hereford
Rob Kelly, Assistant Manager, Preston
Neil McDonald, Manager, Carlisle
Darren Moore, Player, Derby
Jon Rudkin, Academy Manager, Leicester
Dean Saunders, former Wales and Aston Villa striker
Steve Weaver, Assistant Manager, Wrexham
Phil Robinson, Manager Stafford Rangers
Geraint Williams, Manager, Colchester United
David Moss, Academy Manager, Swansea City
Marcus Browning, Player Bournemouth
Jim Gannon, Manager Stockport 


Last year's course members and graduates include : 

Paul Ince, Manager Macclesfield
Darren Ferguson, Manager Peterborough
David Oldfield, Coach Stafford Rangers
Chris Ramsay, Academy Coach Tottenham
Chris Beech, Youth Team Coach, Bury
Joe Joyce, Academy Director, Newcastle
Les Ferdinand
Stuart McCall
Lee Richardson 

For further information please contact:    

Dr Sue Bridgewater Warwick Business School
024 76524341

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 523708
or 07767 655860 

Vin Hammersley, Media Relations Manager
Warwick Business School Tel: 024 76524124 

PR47 PJD 1st June 2007