It’s increasingly common that we are asked to try and facilitate introductions to football connections to underpin commercial deals or prospective partnerships. We have to deflect more than we take forward purely in the interest of the spirit of respect, as we don’t seek to be a sales broker or ‘post man’.
This Week, we deflected a personal aspiration to meet Manchester City FC. We had to decline with no sound, commercial reason to co-operate. I’m guessing that with my lecturing responsibilities moving from Turf Moor to the Etihad in Semester 3 at UCFB, there might be more of such approaches but my professionalism and ethics shall not waiver.
On the other hand, I was proud to facilitate an introduction and personalised facilities tour (including players’ areas not commonly seen) for the visit of the CEO of the Bank of India. This on behalf of a long established working relationship with Slater Heelis. A topical thing to post in the Week that announces the annual growth of the Indian economy has exceeded, fellow BRICS county, China.