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Dr Ian Lawrence

Ian Lawrence

About Ian Lawrence

Ian is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sports Management & Marketing at Teesside University.

Ian has strong links to elite level football both in the UK and US. Currently, he leads on a number of research projects which explore the challenges faced by senior leaders and executives within the professional game.

Ian’s PhD (titled: Soccer and the American Dream) explored the ‘lived experience’ of university scholarship athletes in both New York and California. This experience was complemented by work as a consultant and Associate Professor with Richmond International Academic Soccer Academy (RIASA).

  • PhD: Soccer and the American Dream (University of Stirling)
  • MA Education (State University of New York at Stony Brook)
  • PGCE (secondary) Physical Education and PSHE (Leeds Polytechnic, Carnegie Dept.)
  • BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies & Education (Christ Church College, Canterbury, Kent).

Research interests and activities

Ian is currently in the process of writing two books for Routledge.

Title: Football Club Management: insights from the field (due for publication: July, 2017).

Title: Soccer and the American Dream (due for publication: July, 2018)

Associate Member of the 'Centre for the Study of Football' at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Editorial board for the 'Journal of Research Initiatives'.

Enterprise interest and activities

Ian is currently working closely with a number of professional football clubs reviewing 'best practice' in leadership and management.

One of Ian’s current projects aims to explore how senior executives evaluate the concept of ‘trust’ within prospective employees. The supposition that underpins the collaborative project is that employers have an intrinsic interest in the promotion of positive organizational behaviour.


Crust, L. & Lawrence, I. (2006). A Review of Leadership in Sport: Implications for Football Management. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 8 (4). http://www.athleticinsight.com/Vol8Iss4/FootballManager.htm

Lawrence, I. (2005). The Emergence of ‘Sport and Spirituality’ in popular culture. The Sport Journal, 8 (2).

Lawrence, I. (2005). The Demise of Scottish Football. FA Coaching Journal: Insight.

Lawrence, I. (2006). Soccer: the risk of head injury. Therapy Weekly. February 23rd, pp. 9-11.

Lawrence, I. (2006). Benefits of partnerships between sport scientists and physiotherapists. Therapy Weekly, May 11th, pp. 8-9.

Lawrence, I. (2006). An analysis of Crowd Singing and Chanting in British Professional Association Football - “Let’s be ‘avin you”. FA Coaching Journal: Insight, Spring/Summer.

Lawrence, I. (2007). A View From The Bench: book review. Sport, Education and Society, 12.3, August, pp. 355-365.

Lawrence, I. (2008). Talent Identification in Soccer: A critical analysis of contemporary psychological research. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Soccer Journal. July-August edition, pp. 9-14.

Lawrence, I. (2008). The Unique Selling Point of Women’s Soccer. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Soccer Journal. September-October edition, pp. 18-24.

Lawrence, I. (2009). Sectarianism in Scottish professional football: A Christian Professional Football Players’ Perspective. International Journal of Religion and Sport, 1, pp. 93-115.

Lawrence, I. (2009). Multiple approaches to reflection as a key component of assessment, Enquire Online, 1 (2). Accessed via:

Lawrence, I. (2010). The Place of Ritual in South African Professional Soccer. International Journal of Religion and Sport, 2, pp. 16-30.

Lawrence, I. & Gray, J. (2010). Athletic Identity formation in Professional Soccer Players. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Soccer Journal.

Lawrence, I. (2010). Living in a Sectarian Maelstrom. In. Parry, J., Watson, N. and Nesti M. ed. Theology, Ethics and Transcendence in Sports. Routledge.

Lawrence, I. (2013). Cross Cultural Communication: The Globalisation of the Premier League. Blueprint for Football.

Lawrence, I. (2013). The Legal Context of a Player Transfer in Professional Football: A Case Study of David Beckham. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 11.

Lawrence, I. (2015) Challenges to the Prototypical Model of Management in the EPL (part 1). National Soccer Coaches Association of America: Soccer Journal, 60 (3), pp. 20-24.

Lawrence, I. (2015) Challenges to the Prototypical Model of Management in the EPL (part 2). National Soccer Coaches Association of America: Soccer Journal, 60 (4), pp. 16-24.

Horrocks, D.E., McKenna, J., Whitehead, A.E., Taylor, P.J., Morley, A.M. &  Lawrence, I.   (2016) Preparation, structured deliberate practice and decision making in elite level football: The case study of Gary Neville (Manchester United FC and England). International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11 (5). pp. 673-682.
ISSN 1747-9541  
DOI: 10.1177/1747954116667105

Lawrence, I. (2017) Book Review: American National Pastimes – A History. Journal: Sport in History.
ID: 1183397

Currently Under Preparation/Review.

Lawrence, I. Drama on the sidelines: case study of José Mourinho and his coaching staff.International Journal of Coaching Science.