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  1. Introduction
  2. Market environment analysis
    1. The radical transformation
    2. The concept of organizational change
    3. The thriving market
    4. Understanding of the branding
    5. The central differences in the two models
    6. The strategic management model
    7. The marketplace for football
  3. PEST analysis
    1. The key instrument utilized in strategic planning and strategic management
    2. PEST analysis paradigm
  4. Porter's five forces analysis
    1. Threat of entry
    2. Power of buyers
    3. Power of suppliers
    4. Threat of subsitutes
    5. Competitive rivalry
  5. Boston consulting group matrix
  6. Football club analysis: Manchester United
  7. Conclusion
  8. Bibliography

The last decade has seen has radical transformation of the UK football industry, with economic indicators pointing to football has a viable business model (Johnson et al, 2008, p.20). A prime example of this is the Barclays sponsorship of the Premier League, who has recently announced a three extension of the global title sponsorship of the league running from 2010/11 through to the 2012 season. President of Barclays PLC commented that ?Football is the world's favorite sport bringing pleasure to hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and out sponsorship of the world's most popular league creates a positive emotional link between our brand and football fans everywhere? ( accessed December 2009).

[...] This observation highlights the interrelationship between the external environment within which clubs operate and become successful as being fundamental to the commercial objectives of Barclays PLC in sponsoring the premier league Boston Consulting Group Matrix In considering the competitive positioning of the Barclays Premier League it is reiterated that the competitive positioning is intrinsically dependent on the successful strategy management of the clubs within the league. This in turn is the critical success factor in maintaining the optimum strategic fit that Barclays PLC president argues is the key factor in extended the sponsorship deal of the premier league ( accessed December 2009). [...]

[...] This extensive marketplace for football is clearly beneficial for Barclays in terms of the strategy objectives behind sponsorship of the premier league particularly if we compare the 500 million plus marketplace for football compared with the fat that Barclays operates in 50 countries with over 45 million people ( PEST Analysis Additionally, a key instrument utilized in strategic planning and strategic management is PEST analysis, which is imperative in organizational management to ensure market environment is understood as part of market strategy (Brooks et al p.451). [...]

[...] Moreover, the reciprocity of advantage to both Barclays PLC as sponsor and the premier league clubs has been an instrumental critical success factor providing the strategic fit for Barclays PLC in sponsoring the league. This is highlighted by the success of Manchester United as the club has not only managed to retain its fanbase, the globalization of the brand has enabled the club to expand the fan base, which in turn has been critical to securing sponsorship and TV deals. [...]

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