He's the Stat Man
- 17 August 2012 09:23
- Posted by Chris Eccles
Today sees a slight deviation from the usual close-season transfer speculation with media coverage of City having a much more mathematical feel to it.
In a move The Guardian calls ‘potentially ground-breaking’, from today City will provide open access to comprehensive data and statistics from every game in the Premier League last season .
As the paper's Andy Hunter explains,
"Until now, data that costs all Premier League clubs a small fortune each season has not been widely available or at least widely accessible to the public.
"Baseball may have been revolutionised by Bill James's sabermetric findings from the late 1970s onwards, leading to Michael Lewis's book Moneyball and now a film starring Brad Pitt, basketball coaches make tactical decisions based on live data during a game, but developments in football have largely remained in-house."
Head of Performance Analysis at City Gavin Fleig, who is spearheading the project, told The Guardian,
"Somewhere in the world there is football's Bill James, who has all the skills and wants to use them but hasn't got the data. We want to help find that Bill James, not necessarily for Manchester City but for the benefit of analytics in football.
"The whole reason for putting this data out there is to open the doors. The data has value, previously it has been kept in-house and behind guarded doors, but there is a recognition now that clubs need to help this space develop.
"There are a lot of people out there blogging and doing their own research and they can do a lot more with this data."
You can read more from Gavin Fleig in an insightful interview in American business magazine Forbes.
In a return to the more usual media fare, The BBC report that Scott Sinclair has declined to sign a contract extension with Swansea City, fanning the flames of the rumours linking him with a move to Manchester City.
The Daily Mirror says that Sinclair could leave the Swans for a fee of around £5million. The same paper also thinks that Roque Santa Cruz could be on his way back to Real Betis after a loan spell at the Spanish club last season.
ESPN say that Adam Johnson may be looking to leave the Blues in search of first team football elsewhere
whilst Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf thinks that Steve McClaren’s FC Twente are interested in signing City’s Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata.
Finally, former City defender Javier Garrido has made a return to English football after joining Norwich City.