Apologies to regular readers for an ‘off topic’ posting, but, to be fair, this is a personal blog. Rest assured – it will not become a habit.
The sharp-eyed may have noticed a change in the ‘About’ section. One of those apparently landmark life events occurred at midnight last Thursday – I went from being a full-time employee to ‘senior citizen’ status. Although I was actually 65 in October, it is only now that I have chosen to switch to being a pensioner.
From Friday, my relationship with Coventry University changed. I have accepted an Honorary Research Fellowship, which means that I retain my affiliation to the university, but any work I do for them in future is by mutual agreement and subject to individual contract.
Quite what this change will mean in practice remains to be seen. I guess I’ve been lucky that in recent years my day-job has included what I would actually choose to do by free choice – research football finance and governance. Not for me a shift to an allotment then!
I plan to continue and perhaps extend my lecturing in Sports and Events Management, public speaking, researching and consultancy. As I write, I have commitments every month until July in, first, Madrid and then in Kufstein, Austria. In November I will be spending three weeks lecturing at the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi.
There will of course be significant gaps in my diary, and I plan to focus even more on my particular interest – the role of fans in football governance and club ownership.
How this will affect my blogging is not yet clear. If things go the way I envisage, I would expect ‘normal service’ to be maintained. There is unlikely to be a significant increase as I have only ever posted when I felt I had something worthwhile to say. My tweeting of NEWS items should be unaffected.
My transition from employee to ‘retiree’ should, all in all, be rather less of a transition than for most people. I see it as an opportunity, and am open to interesting offers!