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  • 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 […]
  • 28 Apr 2016

    Taking stock

    During the season, we spend so much time in ‘push mode’ that we can forget to celebrate what went well or to evaluate why. “You’re only as good as your last game!”, or so the saying goes.  We tend to take stock only at the end of the season, when we finally get a chance […]
  • 28 Jan 2016

    The Money League overachievers

    Last week, the annual release of the Deloitte Money League prompted discussion around how some clubs were failing to convert financial performance into on-field results. Observations were most notably made around English clubs, with, for example, Manchester United (3rd in Money League) and Aston Villa (23rd) clearly underperforming domestically.What many reviews of the report have […]
  • 22 Sep 2015

    The cost of going nowhere

    Problem-solving in football has become synonymous with spending money.If results aren't good enough, cheques will be signed for new players and coaching staff, with cheaper and weaker recycled for dearer and perceivably stronger.But how often is there a benefit to all this cost? Have teams going through these same processes improved or simply gone […]
  • 24 Sep 2014

    The wages = wins fallacy

    What if I told you that your wage bill is unrelated to your results?It seems an absurd statement. In the Premier League, the correlation between wage bill* and points across all teams is 82%. Although correlation does not mean causation, this is, very reasonably, used to explain why teams like QPR will almost certainly finish below […]