Never in my classroom – Klopp, and is football serious management?


Recently I had two very successful lessons. One on life hacks and one on management. But let us stick with the latter, and come back to the former at a later date.

The management lesson was at the end of a 4-hour block for the equivalent of a distance learners course for MBA for Business for Informatics, for students/employees of a telecommunications company . The section lasted about 45 minutes and led to homework.

Always looking for good sources I stumbled across how Klopp had been analysed by the British Media in regards his communication and management style, therefore I thought to delve deeper into this.

Lead in – can football/sports management be transposed to business management?

The students were given the task to brainstorm and categorise his communication and management style.

Top tip – as an alternative to numbering as a way to split the group into smaller groups use Whisky names. Good for spelling too.

Three categories – culture, tech, business (top tip – choose ones relevant to the students)
two chairs/mini teachers and another 7 students.
one student recording with a camera
Rule – The 2 chairs had to record the ideas, but the other 7 are only allowed to tell them the idea and not which category it was supposed to fit into. The chairs had to decide amongst themselves and the students had to agree or disagree. This caused some interesting discussion.

These were the main points –









Homework – They were then given the task of producing a Pecha Kulcha and 400 words of summarised text.

  • 2 groups
  • Pros and Cons
  • group A) compare management style of Mourinho and Klopp
  • group B) compare management style of Rodgers and Klopp
  • Aim; to produce advice using observation of these styles on how to lead and communicate with teams
  • Deadline – month for text, next lesson for Pecha Kulcha

top tips – get permission from students to use their image.

Any sports coach/ manager could be used but make sure they have differing styles and are relatable to the students.




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