Former England football star Dion Dublin has urged advisers to take a leaf out of ex-Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson’s book and build a strong team ethic within their firms.
Dublin, who was signed by Ferguson for Manchester United for £1 million in 1992, said a strong team ethic and respect for individual characters was crucial to achieving success.
Speaking at the Million Dollar Round Table conference, he said: ‘Everybody needs a team and everybody has to do their job within the team. It doesn’t matter what you do, you still need that team ethic, that’s what Alex Ferguson was good at,’ he said.
Dublin (pictured), who was capped four times for England and enjoyed successful spells at Coventry City and Aston Villa, said that during his time as a footballer he learnt to understand different players’ characters and adapt to them in order to ensure they performed to the best of their abilities.
‘Value the team around you, you’ve got to know the characters in your team and what makes them tick. Respect them, help them and if you need help, ask them,’ he said.
‘There are always characters within the team and you have to manage individual characters to get the best out of them. [For example] you have a go at Eric Cantona and he’s off.’