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Tom’s passion for football was enthused at an early age by Ireland’s golden years under the tutelage of Jack Charlton. On realisation that he was not going to be the next Jos√© Luis Chilavert, Tom completed a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance in his native Dublin in 2003. During the programme he became extremely interested in the finances underpinning the beautiful game. An M.Sc in International Banking and Finance from John Moores’ University in Liverpool followed. Tom’s M.Sc dissertation ?The Plight of Football Clubs as Listed Companies from an Investor’s Viewpoint’ analysed the investment potential and financial performance of the then seventeen listed British clubs using comprehensive ratio analysis and a bespoke multivariate bankruptcy prediction model.
In early 2005, Tom attained a place on the prestigious Allied Irish Bank (AIB) Capital Markets Graduate Scheme on acceptance of a Treasury Accountant’s role within Ireland’s largest bank. He subsequently completed the ACCA professional accountancy qualification before gaining promotion to a front office position in 2006. Tom gained a wealth of experience at a time of unprecedented market volatility as a Currency Trader within AIB. He has comprehensive practical trading experience in the areas of Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income and Liquidity.
In September 2008, Tom quit his trading position in AIB to study the pioneering MBA in Football Industries at The University of Liverpool’s Management School. It has always been his career ambition to obtain an esteemed finance driven role within the football sphere.
His distinction awarded MBA dissertation ‘The Valuation and Solvency of Top Tier British Clubs since the Inception of the Premier League. Is the Current Model Sustainable?’ was supervised by football finance expert Professor Tom Cannon. Tom collected his MBA (FI) with distinction from the University of Liverpool in December 2009. He is currently embarking on a PhD in Football Finance at the ICMA Centre under the supervision of Professor Adrian Bell and Professor Chris Brooks.