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.

http://viewfromrowz.wordpress.com

Experience v Progressive - Managers in the EPL | Stats Analysis

Experience v Progressive - Managers in the EPL | Stats Analysis

At some stage, within every single club forum, there will be a comment that states "...we need an experienced manager" or a version thereof.  This got me thinking, and caused me to ponder a few questions: Does experience really matter when recruiting a manager? Are modern methods more relevant than experience? Does managerial performance improve with experience? What i'm trying to do is raise some debate around whether modern management / coaching methods & a deeper academic knowledge of the game …
Premier League Managerial Changes: Do They Guarantee Success? Stats

Premier League Managerial Changes: Do They Guarantee Success? Stats

The twenty Premier League teams for next season are very close to being finalised, with the final place being decided this weekend in a £120m game between Crystal Palace & Watford.  Both clubs have had new managers in the last 10 months and both are (almost) reaping the rewards. This means that 15 of the 20 teams that will be competing in the Premier League next season will have changed their Manager in the previous 12 months: Manchester United Manchester …
The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

The Premier League Shockers - How common are the shocking upsets?

[quote]Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. - Tom Landry[/quote] Ok, so Landry was talking about the 'other' type of football, however the sentiment remains true for 'real' football.  One of the most beautiful things about the beautiful game is the potential for a freak, unexpected result.  An incredible, unbelievable result. There's nothing that neutral football fans enjoy more than seeing an underdog grabbing a win against the odds.  So how often does it happen?  And …
Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

Promoted to the Premier League. Job done? | Stats Analysis

"We are Premier League, we are Premier League" Being a Hull City fan, I heard this a lot over the weekend.  A lot!  And I loved every single chant of it. The incredible roller coaster ride that was the final day of the Championship season has been very well covered (Amber Nectar and From Boothferry to Wembley are two of my personal favourites), but now Cardiff City and Hull City have reached the Holy Grail and can start planning for a successful …
Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

Relegated from the Premier League. So What Happens Next? Stats Analysis

It is a sight no football fan wants to see.  The dreaded 'R' next to your club in the league table. It is incredibly difficult for fans to prepare themselves for the emotions that they go through when relegation from the Premier League is sealed.  Anger, frustration and even relief are just some of the feelings that they'll succumb to.  Pragmatists will say c'est la vie, others will feel like it's the end of the world. But is it?  Your …
Do Substitutes Win Games? | Premier League 12-13 Stats Analysis

Do Substitutes Win Games? | Premier League 12-13 Stats Analysis

We've all been there.  Your team is a goal down, with 20 minutes to go and you know the only way to get a result is to make substitutions.  But how many?  And who?  Once the changes have been made you can sit back and wait for the sub to score the goal that may salvage a point.  They always do.  Don't they? The substitution is the final throw of the dice, and often the sign of a desperate man(ager).  Whilst there are …
What if half-time didn't exist... | Premier League Stats Analysis

What if half-time didn't exist... | Premier League Stats Analysis

As I get older I am finding that I am becoming less interested in the players at clubs and much more interested in the managers.  What do they do?  Are they worth the money?  Are they actually needed at all? Once the team is picked and the tactics discussed, is there anything that a manager can do to influence the game?  Does barking instructions from the technical area make any difference to the game?  Can the players even hear them …
Page: 1 2 3