Southampton top our new Premier League OMI

The analysis and rating of management quality at Premier League clubs

London, 5 May 2016: OMS LLP published today its final report and alternative league table for Premier League football clubs. Each club has been analysed and rated based on its leadership, management quality and capability for creating sustainable value; not only with respect to its players but from all human capital. The OMS LLP report finds:

  • A more competitive landscape in the Premier League, as clubs invest in management capability, meaning that the simple use of financial resources is becoming less effective in creating success
  • Southampton and Everton are stand out clubs for mature management practice and effective human governance but still capable of significant improvement
  • Clubs exhibit widespread poor governance. There is a general lack of coherence between a club’s purpose, values, and business strategy for creating success on and off the field
  • Clubs have a variety of unexploited material value opportunities: from better methods to successfully predict and use acquired players, broader internal talent utilisation, investment in women’s football, to effective use of critical knowledge
  • Clubs have a poor understanding of human capital risk and inadequate methods to assess and mitigate such risk, making clubs vulnerable to material impact

Stuart Woollard, Managing Partner OMS LLP says:

“Football clubs need to recognize that improvements in the management quality of their whole organization must be made if they want to create sustained value, including on and off the field performance. There is a long way for clubs to go but those who can create coherence around their purpose, values, business and human capital strategy can differentiate themselves against their peers.”


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Management quality and capability has been missing from conventional company research, valuation and investment decision making. Company failures and material value loss occur on a regular basis yet approaches to identify root causes use ineffective and weak diagnostics. Traditional research may identify certain corporate exemplars but not why they are able to generate long-term differentiation and sustained value. OMS fills that gap. OMS LLP researches, rates and advises on effective Human Governance; a brand new discipline that finally makes whole, the way we examine, value and engage with companies to generate true, lasting value for all stakeholders.