Client: Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
Position: National Head Coach
Completed: January 2012
Following a Government-led review, a blueprint for change entitled "Develop – Deliver" was agreed by the HKFA Board and included the recommendation of a new organisational structure to lead football through a long-term programme of development from grassroots through to elite performance. Central to this was the recruitment of a world class Chief Executive Officer and National Head Coach.
HKFA General Secretary Vincent Yuen appointed Sports Recruitment International (SRI) to recruit these two high- profile roles. "SRI was appointed based on the quality of their team and their truly global reach," explained Yuen.
"They have an unrivalled reputation for senior search assignments in the sporting arena and a through understanding of our requirements. The importance of these two positions to the future development of football in Hong Kong can not be over-stated. It was imperative that we worked with a world-class executive search firm with impeccable sporting credentials and we believe we have found that in SRI".
Purpose of the Position
The National Head Coach is accountable for the success of the Hong Kong Representative teams in international competition as measured by podium performance and FIFA / AFC rankings.
Duties of the role included:
Candidate experience required included:
Feedback from HKFA - CEO Gordon McKie
“Sports Recruitment International (SRI) were instrumental in securing the appointment of Ernie Merrick as National Head Coach for the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA). SRI’s technical knowledge and international network resulted in a very strong long list of candidates being presented to the Board, who demonstrated a range of skills, technical abilities, experience and successful track-record.
"Having been recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer, SRI assisted me greatly in identifying a number of candidates who met the criteria as well as demonstrating the personality to manage the footballing and cultural challenges of this high-profile role. SRI managed the project with a high degree of confidentiality and handled all Agent enquiries on our behalf, greatly reducing the administrative pressure on our Association.
"I would recommend SRI on the basis of their professionalism and ability to work at pace in a confidential manner in the complex and fast moving world of high performance football.”