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.
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 […]
- 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.
- Problem-solving in football has become synonymous with 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 in circles?
- What if I told you that your wage bill is unrelated to your results? Analysis of Premier League wage bills suggest that whilst economics explains the gap between the top and bottom teams, it struggles to explain the gaps within the top and bottom teams.