England Football Manager Sven Goran Erickson has resigned and will leave his job after the World Cup in Germany this summer.
Sven has an excellent record of results as England football manager by any measure. England won their qualifying group for the World Cup and results under his leadership compare favourably with all previous England managers.
What has undoubtedly been the ‘Achilles heel’ for Sven are his ‘off the field’ activities in his private life. He has been in the tabloid newspapers news far too often for non football reasons.
Those reasons have nothing to do with his management ability in football. It seems he has decided enough is enough and has resigned blaming the press for intrusion in his private life.
The question that intrigues me – and I have no real answer is:
Does it matter what he does in his private life if he delivers good outcomes in his job or do we expect more integrity from people in such high profile positions?
I would be interested in opinions on this thorny question. The same question applies of course to people in high profile jobs in the world of business, entertainment and politics.