FM19 | Moneyball | Part 1

I start a Masters Degree in Data Analytics this September, and recently I’ve been looking at how I can use Analytics to impact my favourite game, Football Manager. Cleon recently tweeted about Moneyball, and how no one has replicated it correctly when it comes to FM.

Now, I had heard of Moneyball, and knew it involved using Analytics to scout players, but I didn’t know the true extent of Moneyball, or where the definition came from. So, I watched the film.

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Ipswich Town: Where did it go wrong?

When Mick McCarthy’s resignation as Ipswich Town boss was announced last season, the news was met with a sigh of relief. Despite an unlikely play-off place in 2015, many Ipswich fans felt that the football being played under McCarthy offered little in the way of imagination. In fact, between January and March of the 2017/18 season, fans witnessed a barren spell of form, having failed to score in over 8 hours of football. Continue reading

Season update: A sad farewell to Trieste, and a hello to…

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In my previous post, I outlined how we achieved a very respectable 12th place in our second season in Serie A. The consequence is that we have another season to accumulate finance to develop all aspects of the club.

The Board agreed to improve both the training and youth facilities, which underpins my strategy of developing youth players and improving senior players to sell for large profits. This had already borne fruit last season when we sold Cedric Teuchert for £7.5m and Max Christiansen for £2.7m.

Until the club is established in European competitions, selling to buy for a profit would have to remain a core strategy.

In this post I will look at:

  • Youth development progress to date
  • Summer transfer activity
  • Performance in my third season
  • A change of club

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Home comforts and playing the long game

It seems crazy to think that managers used to be afforded time to implement their plans and learn about the club they were at given how things are in todays modern game. Whether that’s due to owners and chairmen expecting instant success, the vast and quite frankly ludicrous sums of money involved in the game now, or a combination of both, some managers seem to receive their P45 the moment things turn a little sour. Continue reading

Players of the 90’s: Alan Shearer

When you think of goalscorers in the Premier League, so many names come to mind, we have been blessed over the years with an abundance of goalscoring talent in the form of players like Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand, and more recently players like Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah have all shown us their remarkable goalscoring skills.

But in the 1990’s, and even into the new millennium, there was only one man who was tearing up the records and carving his name into the very fabric of English football itself. He has a legacy that will stand the test of time as one of the all time greats of this game, I am of course talking about Alan Shearer. Continue reading