Lunch with Sam Allardyce
The London Sporting Club prides itself on inviting big names with big stories and big reputations to be their lunch guests so it is entirely appropriate that out first star name from the world of football is Sam Allardyce. Big Sam has been for many years one of the top managers in English football, gaining a reputation for at first making clubs such as Bolton punch way above their weight in the top flight and then, later, being the go-to man to drag Premier League teams away from relegation. He did it at Sunderland and he did it at Crystal Palace, too, last season, as well as being boss at Blackpool, Notts County, Blackburn, Newcastle and a West Ham side he got promoted into the Premier League. He was, of course, England manager last year for a solitary game before resigning under a well-chronicled cloud, but his success in guiding Palace away from danger went a long way to restoring his reputation before he surprised the football world once more by walking away from Selhurst Park. Controversial, plain-speaking, and with football oozing from his veins, Big Sam is sure to help make this big lunch a big occasion.
Business Breakfast with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper
The London Sporting Club is proud to present the second in a regular series of intimate business breakfasts with leaders in world sport. Following on from the ICC CEO, David Richardson, we now turn our attention to rugby and Brett Gosper. As Chief Executive of World Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited, Brett is responsible for the strategic, commercial and business operations of Rugby’s global governing federation. As the sport continues to reach out, engage and inspire participants in record numbers worldwide, Brett oversees the implementation of World Rugby’s record investment, development and player welfare strategies, the delivery of the record breaking Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, a ground-breaking Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and Rugby’s successful return to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016. A former player with Top 14 Parisian club Racing 92 in France and Australia’s national Under 21 team, Gosper joined World Rugby in 2012. This followed a distinguished career in advertising, notably as CEO and partner of the top 10 London advertising agency; Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper as well as leadership roles in major international marketing services companies in Paris and Frankfurt. Most recently Brett was Chief Executive Officer of McCann Erickson Europe, Middle East and Africa and, prior to that, CEO of McCann Ericsson New York and President USA. McCann was then the largest global advertising agency network and largest in North America and Europe.