Andy Smith

Fascinated with the role of the football manager and whether they actually have any impact on games. Also write hypothetical football musings at squadnumber12.co.uk Basic data analysis is my game.

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EPL Manager Index Week 7 | Pochettino goes top, Wenger 2nd & Mourinho 3rd

EPL Manager Index Week 7 | Pochettino goes top, Wenger 2nd & Mourinho 3rd

[sws_blue_box box_size="575"] Editors Note: You may want to read the first ever EPL Manager Index article to be able to understand how the author is scoring each manager on a weekly basis: EPL Manager Index Introduction [/sws_blue_box] I think the Premier League managers are getting into this now..... Week 7 of the EPL Manager Impact Index delivered 265 points worth of manager impacts, the second highest so far (and that's with a manager short, although the next MII will include Gus …
Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Another week of big points and low points (see what I did?) in the Manager Impact Index.  We had another entry into The 30 Club, and because we now have 2 managers who have earned minus points in a week, we can start up The Negative Collective.  And here they are: That's right, Moyes becomes only the 2nd manager to score minus points in a week.  Big Sam is the man though, collecting minus points in 2 separate weeks.  Moyes' …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
EPL Manager Index Week 4 | Villas Boas, Moyes & Laudrup impress

EPL Manager Index Week 4 | Villas Boas, Moyes & Laudrup impress

Whilst a lot of the media discussion from Week 4 of the Premier League has revolved around boring games, the low level of goals scored so far, and even the amount of time that the ball is actually in play, it's actually been a very busy weekend for the Manager Impact Index with Villas Boas, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup being the stand out performers this week. A total of 239 points were earned by the EPL managers this week, …
EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

Week 3 of the Premier League has been and gone, the Manager Impact Index has been updated and, as with the first 2 weeks, there were some big winners and some poor losers.  The leader is a bit of a surprise, whereas the bottom 3 probably won't surprise anyone.  Still, we're only 3 games in.... If you're new to the EPL Manager Impact Index it may be worth having a read of the explanation before you dive in, it can …
EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

Maybe it’s my age?  Or the fact that I coach youth football?  Or it could just be down to Jose Mourinho? Whatever the reason, my main interest in football these days is in the ‘Cult of the Manager’.  I am a little obsessed in what they know, their style of management and their impact on games, examples of my previous articles in this vein are here and here. I often ponder the question whether football managers actually make any difference to …
Fantasy Stats Blog: Could Messi Have Saved QPR's Season?

Fantasy Stats Blog: Could Messi Have Saved QPR's Season?

[caption id="attachment_35493" align="alignright" width="294"] Nice suit[/caption] Back in January I wrote a hypothetical article contemplating where Hull City would be if they had signed Pele (original article here).  As I'm now getting bored waiting for the new season to start, I thought i'd have some fun and see what might have happened if QPR had signed the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. So here's how it works: Messi scored a goal every 57 minutes in the Spanish League …
The First 4 Premier League Games: Analysis of results for last 4 Years

The First 4 Premier League Games: Analysis of results for last 4 Years

It's getting closer! The new Premier League season is only 4 weeks away and the excitement is building.  Transfers are being made, kits are being released and season passes are being sent out. Squads are all back to undertake their pre-season training.  Some are going on (quite frankly, crazy) pre season tours to the Far East, Australia and America, others taking it a little easier with jaunts around Europe.  All aiming to get themselves in perfect shape, both physically and …