VSI Sporting Directors Summit 2019


The sixth VSI Sporting Directors Summit brought together industry experts from across sport to discuss the role of the Sporting Director.


Representatives from premier league football clubs, super league rugby, politics, law and business descended to create a lively environment that focused on executive leadership roles within sport.


Hosted by James Cooper from Sky Sports, the Sky Sports cameras gathered to speak to former Bury FC CEO Karl Evans, Glasgow Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen, three-time Premier League winner Robert Huth and former Everton and Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness.


Panel Debate

VSI Summit 2019 panel

The panel of Mark Allen, Jonathan Northcroft, chief football writer for the Sunday Times and Keith Wyness got stuck into debate around the sporting director and CEO roles.


“Sporting Directors will become the norm across British Football Clubs” – Mark Allen, Glasgow Rangers Director of Football


“Sporting Directors have been in place across the power houses of English football going back to the 1920’s, just under a different guise” – Jonathan Northcroft


“As the role of the Sporting Director becomes critical CEOs need to make sure they appoint the correct character & not the celebrity name” – Keith Wyness


International Sports Stars


Robert Huth and Kris Radlinski Executive Director of Wigan Warriors are joining the 2019 VSI Executive Education programmes.

Rob Huth and Kris Radlinski

Rob is joining the MSc in Sports Directorship with Kris joining the VSI CEO of a Sports Organisation programme.


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