I have to admit I am a fan of David Beckham, even though I may be ridiculed I do rate him,Â in spite of the hype he works hard for his club andÂ is devoted to his children, I could go on but I will leave that to the sports writers.
Putting that aside it is fascinating how his move to Los Angeles to joinÂ LA Galaxy is now beginning to play out, it is almost a recruiters nightmare, mind you haven’t we all seen it before with the “Counter offer“?
Beckham whom has been dropped by Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello,Â and adding insult to injuryÂ haveÂ said he will never play for their teams again. Not only has he played again for Real Madrid and England he has excelled, as onlyÂ DavidÂ Beckham would. This has nowÂ resulted in Real Madrid realising what asset they have let go and are now looking desperately to persuade him to stay (again we have seen this before).
Now as a recruiter trying to keep the deal in, I would have been worried if David’s only reason to leave was for money, and as we know this is one of the weakest reasons for aÂ move, mind you at 128 millionÂ it is certainlyÂ a pull.
Unfortunately what will make me nervous at this stage, is that maybe he is thinkingÂ hisÂ professional career isn’t over after all and a couple more seasons at the highest level would be a huge draw. At the endÂ day does David need more money, I think not.
So what are my ace cards on keeping this deal together, could it be Victoria and the children with English speakingÂ friends and the Hollywood life style, possibly, but my gut feeling is that it will be emotion and pride, asÂ he will not want to let his family down or his friends. If you couple this with the way he was treatedÂ at England and Real Madrid and that DavidÂ wants to leaveÂ footballÂ on a high and bring in the cup for Real Madrid,Â plusÂ havingÂ the added benefitÂ of embarrassing those that said he was over, I think then the consultants fee isÂ safe, by using this as emotional blackmail.
On one final note I have always said in recruitment is “it isn’t over until the fat lady sings!” so lets see when he lifts the cup for Real Madrid.