Ryan Bertrand: ‘I went to the Isle of Dogs … it sparked my business interest’

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Southampton defender discusses his passion for business, how to deal with racism and why the walloping by Leicester was needed

Ryan Bertrand was glued to the footage of the government summit from Dubai in February 2014, specifically the talk on how to build a results-driven organisation, which is not a line that can be written about too many Premier League footballers. The Southampton left-back, though, is not a typical footballer.

The guest speaker at the conference was Ferran Soriano, the chief executive of Manchester City, and Bertrand has total recall about a particular exchange. Soriano had outlined why he felt City’s management structure was set up for success, one in which the power is devolved from the head coach and shared among several bosses, including a director of football, when he was challenged by the compere.

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Written by David Hytner
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/01/ryan-bertrand-southampton-director-of-football-ambitions-business-racism under the title “Ryan Bertrand: ‘I went to the Isle of Dogs … it sparked my business interest’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.