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John Beech


John Beech
Lecturer, Centre for International Business of Sport


Centre for International Business of Sport (CIBS), Coventry University, UK



Curriculum Vitae:

Dr John Beech is a Senior Research Fellow at Coventry University, where he is Head of Sport & Tourism at the Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE).  

John was a founder co-director of the Centre for the International Business of Sport and author/co-author/co-editor of a range of books, book chapters and journal articles on various aspects of sports management and English football management in particular.  He is Visiting Professor at FH Kufstein University of  Applied Sciences in Austria, and at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School in Spain.

His research has been reported in the Financial Times, the Times, the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Express, Germany’s Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, and Handelsblatt, and Spain’s Expansión, and featured on BBC1′s Football Focus. He broadcasts regularly and has appeared on Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 (including The Today Programme, File on Four and PM) and the BBC World Service, and on Australian and US public service radio, as well as British (BBC and Sky News) and Polish television.  He writes for F.C. Business, Football & Stadium Monthly, Football & Sports Arena, and ProSport Business Magazine.

He received the Football Supporters’ Federation Writer of the Year Award for season 2009/10 for his blog Football Management


Sports mega-events and the increasingly loud 'Anti' voice - Play the Game 2011 (PP Pdf.)

Benefaction - Is it a good thing for a club - Play the Game 2009 (PP Pdf.)

The Football Association’s (and the Scottish Football Association’s) changed view of financial difficulty - Play the Game 2007 (PP Pdf.)