Date: 2nd July 2014 at 9:53am
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Football should be quite a simple game; get 11 good players together and go out and beat the other team. Easy, right? No, not really!

It’s not that simple. More and more, it seems, what happens off the pitch has a greater influence on a club’s success than what happens on the pitch. There are so many variables these days that impact on all teams and affect the outcome of every season.

What are these variables? Here are some that I can think of in no particular order: Stadium, Scouting system, Clubs’ ability to attract good players, Youth development program, Training regime, Training facility, Fitness (achieving and maintaining it), Medical staff, Injuries, Player attitude, Referee, Linesmen, Financial ability (to buy players and to pay wages), Income (via ground capacity, sponsorship, competition success), Club ambition, Club politics, Manager, Media, Club history, Expectations (Club, players, supporters), Club politics, Ego Management, Finding the right system to play, Continuity and consistency, The opposition, European involvement, Transfer windows, International friendlies and competitions, Pre-season program, Playing surface, Ground-staff, Weather, Travel, Squad rotation strategy, Player support, Language, and LUCK!

These variables obviously apply to every professional club. Football clubs can control some of them and some of them they can’t. The successful cIubs are the ones that get most of the things they can control right. I’m sure that this is by no means an exhaustive list so feel free to add to it. So, the question is: Where do THFC stand in terms of the ‘variables’ clubs can control? What are we doing well and what can we do better?

Written by Geofspurs