Ben Marlow

  • 10 Aug 2017

    The point of Neymar

    As European football restarts after the summer break, club's’ performance expectations have been realigned based on the extent of their offseason spending.While it is true that signings can often have a significant impact on a team, the points value of a new signing is generally overstated. One of the reasons for this is that league […]
  • 11 May 2017

    The biggest bang for your buck

    Finding the balance between what we want and what we can afford is a key part of player recruitment. Often our grandiose summer plans are left unfulfilled by the time the new season arrives, with necessary compromise having thwarted our ambitions.But there are some simple things that we can do to maximise the performance returns […]
  • 15 Mar 2017

    Taking the long road

    Being a listed company has many benefits – easy access to capital, for example, and an ability to spread risk among a wider group of investors. But listing can also change a business’ priorities as the share price morphs from a useful barometer of market sentiment to a millstone around the neck of CEOs whose […]
  • 09 Feb 2017

    Controlling the uncontrollable

    It is an unarguable fact that we can win or lose football matches due to factors that are outside of our control. We exert significant influence on results through, for example, team selection, motivation and sound coaching but on any given day we can only leave marginal penalty calls, the opposition keeper’s performance and that […]
  • 19 Jan 2017

    The endowment effect

    At this time of year, it is worth remembering that there is a sizeable disconnect between the number of transfer rumours reported, and the number of trades that actually occur.One simple explanation for this is that the level of evidence required to legitimately report a ‘rumour’ is very low. Another is that the rumours may […]
  • 17 Nov 2016

    Dare to be different

    “BOWLED!  Stephen Harmison with a slower ball, one of the great balls! Given the moment, given the batsman, and given the match that is a staggering gamble that has paid off for Harmison”There is palpable excitement in cricket commentator Mark Nicholas’ voice as England’s Stephen Harmison’s unusual delivery cannons into the batsman’s stumps during the […]
  • 06 Oct 2016

    Help me, help you

    Rod Tidwell stands naked, his inquisitive look the reaction to the imploring face of his agent, Jerry Maguire.  “Help me, help you” Maguire repeats, over and over, his red face framing the exasperation in his eyes.  Help me, help you.This is the seminal moment in the film, Jerry Maguire.  The moment where Tidwell, played by […]
  • 01 Sep 2016

    An avoidable distraction

    September always brings a certain tranquility to the world of football when juxtaposed against the annual melee of deadline day.  As the clock runs down on August, buying clubs rush to bolster their squad while selling clubs look to offload their expensive, unproductive assets.  Indeed, since 2010 a remarkable 18% of business in the Premier […]
  • 12 May 2016

    How much should we pay?

    As the season draws to a close, attention is inevitably turning to the summer where the impending transfer window brings with it the usual frenzy.  Bogus media speculation will clog the back pages while blind hope among those fans who believe that spending money is the only route to success will cloud the twittersphere.  At […]