FSG PR plant
- Aug 13, 2008
The fact that one of them is focused not on finding player value or the like, but entirely on developing the next-gen analytical model, shows that Henry is all over it.I must admit, as a scientist and analyst with way too much math and building computational models for various processes in my background .... I absolutely loved reading that article. I can totally appreciate the need to keep the brain and the fandom separate.
What I did like, is that throughout, they continue to say that the analytics and analyses are only a part of a bigger picture. Having Klopp give playing notes to the team without saying anything statistical, is ideal, and again, there is still a lot that "just happens" or you can go on gut. It was also nice to see that Grahamn and his cohorts are realistic as to what their models do and what can be expected of them. TAA's quick corner against Barcelona happened in part because the coaching staff let the team know that Barcelona would complain and take time to set up for corners and free kicks... but that is something that gets noticed by a football person, not an analyst. That said, finding players that make good decisions and that look to make dangerous plays/passes, that can come from an analyst. You can use both.
I am sure these people are paid fairly well.... and by that I mean a pittance compared to the players.
But they are surely well respected by FSG and I'm sure some of the coaching staff. In the end, it's just data... and it takes the coaches and football people to figure out the best way to actually use the data.
Great article for us nerds.