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  • 06 Apr 2017

    The impact manager

    We know from our research that, in the long run, managerial changes on average make little difference to the performance of a team. That isn’t to say, however, that smart hires can’t turn a struggling team around.When we look through our database of managers who did improve performance in their first 20 matches in charge, […]
  • 23 Mar 2017

    The opportunistic debut

    As we approach the final stretch of the European season, an increasing number of teams have fewer major placings for which to compete. With that comes an opportunity for young players to make their league debut, and hopefully with it a positive impression for the following season.It’s not unfair to suggest that these opportunities can […]
  • 15 Dec 2016

    Where should we loan him?

    Loaning out a young player comes with risk. There is no guarantee it will continue his development any better than staying at ‘home’, not to mention the uncertainties around putting him at the mercy of often unknown coaches, players and physios.However, without some risk there is often no reward, so the question turns to finding […]
  • 05 Nov 2015

    The 20th player

    In 1984, Liverpool famously used just 15 outfield players in a 66-match season. 12 of those individuals played in over half of those matches, with just 3 fringe players coming in for cover.Football has unmistakably changed; large squads are now the norm and rotation is an accepted part of the game. However, teams still rely […]
  • 09 Apr 2015

    The journey of a successful team

    The chart below tracks the age profile of a well-known team over three periods between 1998 and 2014. Which period do you think produced the most success?On limited information there’s no obvious answer, but first impressions might go as follows:1998-2003: plenty of peak-age players combined with experience 2004-2009: a balance of ages across the squad, with […]
  • 18 Mar 2015

    The succession planning blind spot

    Last year, Stanford University released a report detailing the attitudes of corporate executives and directors towards succession planning and talent development.One of the more striking findings highlighted a blind spot that persists at board room level: 50% of the study’s interviewees believed their board had an effective succession plan in place for senior positions, but […]
  • 30 Oct 2014

    When objectives are not aligned

    In a new relationship, there can sometimes be a disjoint in the couple’s respective intentions. While one lover may have long-term aspirations about settling down, buying a house and starting a family, the other may be looking no further than the next date.In a week where three managers in the English Championship lost their jobs, […]