Analytics FC made an appearance in the media this week when our CEO and founder Jeremy Steele spoke to the i Paper about using analytics to assess coaching performance.
The article, titled “Man Utd will have to ‘rip up their entire squad’ if they appoint Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag as manager”, focused on the difficulties faced by clubs as they seek to find value in managerial appointments.
“The bit that football misses a little bit is that performance of teams is impacted far more by quality of player than it is by quality of head coach,” Steele pointed out.
“The hard part is stripping that out of your analysis and finding out which coaches impact their teams the most, regardless of strength of squad. Essentially you need a head coach that adds value.
“There’s a managerial merry-go-round in the UK because clubs aren’t brave enough to go out and find a manager who adds value. They want coaches that are known to placate the fanbase or get the pressure off the board.”
In the course of the conversation, Steele showcased our Coach ID service, designed to help clubs find suitable candidates should they require a managerial change.
Speaking about the service, he explained that, “Our data model is about stripping it back and working out who adds value where, who does well compared to their budget, who adds defensively, who adds attacking value and recommending off the back of that.”