Top 5 Resource Management Lessons for England in the World Cup

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning

As England launches its World Cup Campaign, we’d like to give manager Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff our top resource management lessons. 

After all, resource planning in a business, charity or organization can’t be all that different to the management of a World Cup team. Bear with us…

top 5 resource management lessons for england in the world cup

Managing resources in a World Cup team

Southgate has a lot on his plate - dealing with the hopes, dreams, and fears of a young, inexperienced squad; managing a new(ish) formation; navigating group football; progressing to knockout stages; handling high-pressure scenarios like penalty shoot-outs. Add to this the weight of expectation from a football-obsessed nation, and the painful history of many unsuccessful English campaigns, and you’ve got an epic task on your hands – diplomatically, strategically and logistically. 

Success depends on many variables, but one essential ingredient is a water-tight, fluid, strategic plan for managing resources in the smartest way. 

For the football boss, ‘resources’ include players, trainers, physios, the team bus, and hotel rooms they’re staying in as they travel around Russia. Everyone and everything must be tracked with precision and used to the team’s best advantage. 

To this end, we can’t help thinking that the team needs Ganttic’s help to launch its charge to victory, or at least get out of the group stage, adapting to changing fortunes along the way. Our resource planning software will also help if the England squad needs to cancel hotel rooms and book early flights home. 

Here are some key lessons we’ve come up with… 

Top 5 Resource Management Lessons for England

1.  Communication is key

Southgate must ensure that his team is working like a well-oiled machine both on and off the field. Making sure individuals have thrashed out any areas of conflict, perhaps stemming from club loyalties, have a clear understanding of tactics, and know how to find space, or cover counter attacks. Getting everyone on the same page using a visual, interactive, collaborative tool would be a huge help for Gareth who has only had a couple of weeks to make the magic happen. 

2.  Flexibility is essential

A plan is never finite. In football, even less so. Red cards, injuries, changing formations, dodgy referees… the best-laid plans change and England’s management team must master the art of adaptability. Using a flexible planning tool, they could adapt to unforeseeable hiccups and optimize the utilization of players continually. 

3.  Drill into the detail

Looking at potentially treacherous events from every feasible perspective will lead Southgate to make the right decisions in moments of pressure. Take the dreaded penalty shoot-out as an example. Let’s face it, it’s going to happen. Only when you have considered every possible use of resources can you make sound decisions about whether to bring on subs, consider changing keeper, and whether to use the most confident penalty takers first, or later, in the line-up. 

4.  Balance resource utilization

Over or under-utilizing star players runs risks. Either you aren’t putting them on the pitch long enough for their quality to shine and get results, or you are using them too much and risking burnout. Is Kane really needed against Panama? Or should England maintain continuity to build confidence? When do you introduce an exciting player like Rashford, and how do you get Sterling to reproduce his club form for the national team where he has only scored twice in 38 games? Assessing and optimizing resource utilization is vital. 

5.  Bring the plan the life

The dry nuts and bolts of a plan can be brought to life with visual reports, making decision-making easier. It also helps when team members are struggling to stay up to speed. Using resource planning software, the England boss could create clear, detailed visual plans to get an instant overview of how players are being deployed. Video footage is useful, but data on opponents’ weaknesses and strengths, delivered in a visual format, could give the edge. 

Resource Planning for Success

Our point is this – whether you’re running a football team, an engineering firm, a creative agency or a multinational software development business, the principles of resource management are the same. Ganttic aims to help project portfolio managers to be more effective and efficient when they schedule resources and assign tasks… so that they meet deadlines and stay within budget. Goaaal! 

Here are a few functionalities of the Ganttic platform that Mr. Southgate might be interested in using:

Custom resources:

Input custom data, such as the resources at your disposal, and group by type (defense, attack, goalkeeper), or skillset (physio, trainer).

the english football team their positions

Utilization percentages:

Digest data on which resources are being under/over utilized and adjust to make the smartest use of the talent and infrastructure available to you. Where are the most assists coming from? Who is running the most/least? How many sprints/completed passes/successful tackles does each player make? Who needs a break? Who needs a game? How many silly bookings has Alli got? 


Set a timeline for the tournament, adding stages, milestones, and dependencies. How can England maintain energy into the quarter-finals, and potentially beyond?


Use drag and drop scheduling to assign tasks, such as booking hotels and travel. Perhaps even booking that open-top bus for a successful campaign. Maybe keep that one on the back-burner.

tasks and games planned with the principles of resource management

Google Calendar sync:

Keep everyone on the same page even when they are out in the field (or pitch!).